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 PelosiDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets 10 questions for Robert Mueller Ocasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' 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 RyanDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (Ohio), Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonStanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally 2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally MORE (Mass.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterHillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp On The Money: Liberal Dems warn moderates against changes to minimum wage bill | House grapples with Facebook's Libra | Congress, White House inch closer to budget deal | Blue states sue over tax law regulations House asks Facebook: 'What is Libra?' MORE (Colo.), Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceDemocrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices Hillicon Valley: Pelosi blasts Facebook for not taking down doctored video | Democrats push election security after Mueller warning | Critics dismiss FCC report on broadband access | Uber to ban passengers with low ratings Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars MORE (N.Y.) and Brian HigginsBrian HigginsHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment On The Money: Sanders unveils plan to wipe .6T in student debt | How Sanders plan plays in rivalry with Warren | Treasury watchdog to probe delay of Harriet Tubman bills | Trump says Fed 'blew it' on rate decision Democrats give Trump trade chief high marks 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.