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11 Dems float anti-Pelosi leadership plan: reports

11 Dems float anti-Pelosi leadership plan: reports
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A small group of House Democrats have signed a letter calling for a rule change that would make it tougher for Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Pelosi calls Trump’s desire for border wall a ‘manhood issue’ MORE (D-Calif.) to win a leadership contest.

The 11 Democrats signing the letter want to change rules to require that the party's leader need to win the support of 218 Democrats or a majority of the House, and not just the Democratic caucus, according to multiple reports.

CBS News obtained a letter signed by 11 House Democrats that calls for the change.

It is almost certain to fail, but points to a degree of unrest within the Democratic caucus, where a number of members and nominees for House seats have not committed to backing Pelosi for Speaker.

It adopted, the change would only take effect if Democrats won a majority of the House.

A senior Democratic aide criticized the proposal, arguing it was the last thing Democrats needed to do ahead of a midterm election where they could secure control of the House. The aide also predicted the effort would be overwhelmingly defeated, and that its timing was ill-considered since a potentially large freshman class would not get to vote on the rule change.

 

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CBS reported that among the 11 Democrats who signed the letter are Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanSenior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants House Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination MORE (Ohio), Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Mellman: Why Kavanaugh should withdraw Senior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants MORE (Mass.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterHouse Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE (Colo.), Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHouse Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE (N.Y.) and Brian HigginsBrian HigginsUS and Canada working furiously to come to NAFTA agreement 11 Dems float anti-Pelosi leadership plan: reports Perez: 'Time will tell' if Ocasio-Cortez win signals need for new Dem leadership MORE (N.Y.), nearly all of whom have voiced concerns about Pelosi's potential role as Speaker.

The requested change was first reported by The Atlantic, which wrote that the proposed change will be voted on next week.

Democrats need to gain 23 seats in November to regain control of the House.

Pelosi's future as leader of the Democratic Party in the House has served as a crux of this year's elections. Republicans have sought to tie her to House candidates around the country, while several members of her own party have voiced a desire to see new leadership.

Pelosi has repeatedly downplayed questions about whether she would be elected Speaker should her party control the House, telling reporters that she's focused on the midterm elections.