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 MoultonUkraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia Gallego leads congressional delegation to Ukraine Bill seeks to aid families of Black WWII veterans deprived of GI benefits MORE (Mass.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaMembers of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Lobbying world Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout 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 PelosiPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat GOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech 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 TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE has said she deserves the post.