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 PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington 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 RyanTim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid Baseball legend Frank Robinson, first black manager in MLB, dies at 83 House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website MORE (Ohio), Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - All eyes on Trump after lawmakers reach spending deal Overnight Defense: Acting Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan | US, Taliban peace talks intensify | Trump tweets in Persian to send message to Iran | Defense world pays tribute to Walter Jones MORE (Mass.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterNew push to open banks to marijuana industry Businesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included Congress poised to put Trump in veto bind MORE (Colo.), Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceDem lawmakers to open probe into ‘complex web of relationships’ between NRA, Russia McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others MORE (N.Y.) and Brian HigginsBrian HigginsDems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid Assault weapons ban push tests Dem support 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.