Freshman Dem Cisneros joins anti-Pelosi letter

Freshman Dem Cisneros joins anti-Pelosi letter
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Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros (D-Calif.) has signed on to a letter vowing to oppose Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif) for Speaker, according to a Democratic aide, providing a slight boost to an anti-Pelosi insurgency that has been softening in recent days.

Cisneros, who won the seat occupied by retiring Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceFormer GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lawmakers propose banning shark fin trade Bottom Line MORE (R-Calif.), was critical of Pelosi on the campaign trail but had not formally announced his position on the longtime Democratic leader's bid for Speaker.

A group of critics released a letter last Monday promising to vote for new leadership in both the closed-door caucus vote and on the House floor. Sixteen Democrats initially signed the letter, but Rep. Brian HigginsBrian HigginsKoch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE (D-N.Y.) pulled his name off the letter and said he would be supporting Pelosi's Speaker bid after she agreed to prioritize infrastructure spending and expanding Medicare.

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeCongressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to step down as CBC Foundation chair amid lawsuit Reporter says to expect Capitol Hill to take action on North Carolina's 9th District MORE (D-Ohio), another critic who had been considering a challenge to Pelosi, also reversed course last week.

Cisneros brings the letter back to 16 signatures, which -- combined with a handful of other Democrats who have vowed to oppose Pelosi -- could be enough to block Pelosi's ascension.

Democratic leadership elections, where Pelosi only needs a simple majority to become the party's nominee, are scheduled for Wednesday.