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 MoultonHouse panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Democrats expect Russian bounties to be addressed in defense bill MORE (Mass.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC predicts US death toll could reach 145,000 by July 11; Premier President Michael Alkire says more resiliency needed in health supply chain House members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Hispanic leaders warn census could undercount minority communities amid pandemic 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 PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated 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.

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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 TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE has said she deserves the post.