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 MoultonKhanna breaks with Sanders on voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber: 'I wouldn't go that far' Moulton disagrees with Sanders proposal to let inmates vote 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal MORE (Mass.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaBorder Dems introduce bill to process refugee claims in Central America How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others New Dem caucus chairman: Some wall is good, but not new wall 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 PelosiTrevor Noah on lack of Pelosi nickname from Trump: 'There is a reverence for her' Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? 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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE has said she deserves the post.