Hoyer gets boost from House Dems ahead of leadership vote

Hoyer gets boost from House Dems ahead of leadership vote
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House Democratic Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent MORE (Md.) received a significant boost in support from fellow Democrats Tuesday amid reports that opponents of Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) are attempting to strike a deal that would lead to changes on her leadership team.

Twenty-nine House Democrats added their names to a letter endorsing Hoyer for majority leader in the 116th Congress, bringing his total to 184 backers, or 77 percent of the caucus, ahead of Wednesday's leadership elections. The initial letter, which had 155 signatures, was released on Nov. 13.

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Hoyer has received broad support across different factions in the party, with 40 incoming freshmen, 26 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, 28 Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and 68 progressives signing on to the letter backing the No. 2 House Democrat.

He also has Pelosi's backing.

"I endorse and look forward to working with Steny Hoyer as Majority Leader and Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnNew Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report MORE as Majority Whip in the 116th Congress,” Pelosi said in a statement last week.

The Washington Post first reported that Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Rep. Tim Ryan announces presidential run Conservation happens one animal at a time MORE (D-Mass.) — who has led the effort to block Pelosi from becoming Speaker — and the anti-Pelosi rebels have shifted their focus by targeting Hoyer and Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the No. 3 Democrat in the House. Critics of the leadership lineup argue that young, fresh voices are needed in the party's top ranks.

Moulton faces an uphill battle in his push for new leadership, in large part because no one has publicly announced a challenge to Pelosi, Hoyer or Clyburn.