Anti-Pelosi Dem ‘100 percent confident we can forge new leadership’

Anti-Pelosi Dem ‘100 percent confident we can forge new leadership’
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Democratic Reps. 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.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others New Dem caucus chairman: Some wall is good, but not new wall Border lawmakers press Trump to beef up existing security MORE (Texas) said Tuesday they are "100 percent confident" that a coalition of party members will be able to block House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.) from securing the Speakership.

"I am 100 percent confident we can forge new leadership," Vela told CNN.

The two lawmakers indicated they plan to gather enough signatures to show how widespread opposition to Pelosi's bid for Speaker is within the caucus in the hopes she will step aside, according to the network.

"We are trying to do the right thing for the party by solving this ahead of time," Moulton said.


Vela told CNN he doesn't expect Democrats to vote "present" during the vote for Speaker in January, essentially boycotting the vote if Pelosi were nominated.

"I'm confident that at this point, we have a number of current and incoming members committed to going to the floor and voting for someone else and not voting present," Vela said.

Drew Hammil, a spokesman for Pelosi, told CNN that the lawmaker is "very confident in her support among members and members-elect."

Hammil did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Pelosi has repeatedly expressed confidence that she will be elected Speaker in the next session of Congress, despite internal opposition from some Democrats. 

A number of top-ranking House Democrats have backed her bid for Speaker, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE has said she deserves the post.