Incoming Dem lawmaker announces more new members support Pelosi

Incoming Dem lawmaker announces more new members support Pelosi
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Rep.-elect Mike Levin (D-Calif.) released a letter signed by 19 other incoming representatives pledging their support for House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) in her bid to be the next House Speaker. 

"I’m proud to have signed this letter along with many of my freshman colleagues in support of @NancyPelosi for Speaker," Levin tweeted. 

"During these turbulent times, we need her steady leadership and experience."

“As we fight for strong gun violence prevention laws that keep our kids and communities safe, as we address immigration reform and protect our Dreamers, and as we begin to restore faith in government, we need leadership at the helm who knows how to get things done,” the incoming members wrote.


“We are confident that Leader Pelosi is committed to working in a bipartisan fashion whenever possible without compromising our values, and will help us start to change the tone and rhetoric coming out of Washington.” 

Levin had already committed, along with Rep.-elect Katie Hill (D-Calif.), to support Pelosi, but the increased support from freshman members comes amid an insurgent campaign to prevent her from taking the Speaker’s gavel. 

Critics of the insurgents fear that a replacement to Pelosi, who has garnered the endorsements of several progressive lawmakers, would be more conservative than the current leader.

Pelosi is widely respected for her fundraising prowess and ability to hold her caucus together to push legislation through Congress. The incoming members said they looked to such experience to help guide them as they seek to step up to leadership positions down the road.

“The incoming class of first-term members is younger and more diverse than ever before. A proven leader like Leader Pelosi will be a valuable resource as we, ourselves, step up to lead, and as we work to make life better for the people we represent,” they said. “More than anything, we were elected to deliver. Let’s unite. Let’s move forward. Let’s make change happen, together.”

It appears increasingly likely that Democrats will select Pelosi as their candidate for Speaker on Wednesday. However, the remaining insurgents have more power when it comes to Pelosi’s wider confirmation in January, when she must garner the support of a majority of the House.  

Democrats have picked up 39 seats thus far, with one race yet to be called. If Democrats win the remaining contests, Pelosi could lose 18 votes within her party and still clinch the gavel if all Republicans oppose her.

Rep. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-N.Y.) told The Hill earlier this month that he and some other Republicans are committed to backing Pelosi for Speaker if she agrees to enact a package of rule reforms.