Pelosi vows to expand leadership team

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE (D-Calif.) wants to expand the Democratic leadership team, marking her latest bid to win favor from her restive caucus as she seeks the Speaker’s gavel next year.

In a letter to Democrats delivered Tuesday, Pelosi proposed the creation of a new position — a chairman of the Democrats’ messaging arm — as she fights to put down a rebellion from insurgent lawmakers hoping to block her ascension to the Speaker’s chair.

The move is the latest in an evolving expansion of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), which just two year ago was headed by a single lawmaker appointed by Pelosi without the input of other members.

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Created in 2015, the office was upsized following the 2016 elections, when retiring DPCC Chairman Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelIs war with Iran on the horizon? 3D-printable guns will require us to rethink our approach on gun safety The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown MORE (D-N.Y.), who was installed by Pelosi, was replaced by three co-chairs — Reps. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHere are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban GOP struggles with retirement wave DCCC names new head after mass staff departure MORE (Ill.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesBadrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump MORE (N.Y.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Lawmakers say Zuckerberg has agreed to 'cooperate' with antitrust probe Judiciary Democrats press White House over antitrust probe of automakers MORE (R.I.) — who were elected by the full Democratic Caucus.

Pelosi’s new proposal in the leadership structure would add a fourth position at the DPCC amid the clamor from newer members for more power within a caucus that’s been controlled by the same three leaders for more than a decade.

“This enhancement to the DPCC will position House Democrats to best take advantage of the new size and diversity of our Caucus, bringing greater resources and staffing to this vital Committee,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter.

Pelosi suggested the Democrats, newly empowered to the House majority, found a winning messaging formula this year in fighting for lower health-care costs, boosting middle-class wages and checking corruption in the age of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE. A new chair of the DPCC, she argued, would build on that record heading into the crucial 2020 presidential cycle.

“We must communicate that we are ready to govern and that focus will prepare us to once again own the ground for the next election,” she wrote.

The letter arrived as Pelosi is facing a determined rebellion to block her ascension to the Speaker’s chair, where she sat from 2007 to 2011. The anti-Pelosi insurgents delivered a letter on Monday arguing that voters are baying for change, beginning with a leadership overhaul, and the party needs fresh faces at the top of the leadership ranks.

Pelosi got a big boost on Tuesday when Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHarris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge The Hill's Morning Report — DOJ's planned executions stir new debate Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Ohio), who was considering a challenge to the longtime leader, endorsed her after being offered a gavel on a subcommittee designed to empower voters in national elections.

At least six Democrats are already vying for a spot at the DPCC table, including Reps. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress The 11 House Dems from Trump districts who support assault weapons ban House Dems up funding for science agencies, ignoring proposed Trump cuts MORE (Pa.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (Mich.), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralHouse Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids Congressional Hispanic Caucus members call for diversity within the Fed MORE (N.Y.), John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiHouse Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Trump bashes Mueller for 'ineptitude,' slams 'sick' Democrats backing impeachment Pelosi denies she's 'trying to run out the clock' on impeachment MORE (Calif.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump's Scotland property Oversight panel investigating Air Force crew's stop at Trump property in Scotland MORE (Calif.) and Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.).

The three current DPCC chairs are all running for higher positions. Cicilline is facing Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), the current chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), in the race for assistant leader. Bustos wants to replace Luján at the DCCC, and is running against Reps. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneLawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech Democrats worry diversity furor could spill into 2020 election House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment MORE (Wash.), Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.). And Jeffries is vying against Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Overnight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe MORE (D-Calif.) to become caucus chairman, a seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was defeated in a primary earlier in the year.