Moulton says no deal reached with Pelosi on leadership changes

Moulton says no deal reached with Pelosi on leadership changes
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - All eyes on Trump after lawmakers reach spending deal Overnight Defense: Acting Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan | US, Taliban peace talks intensify | Trump tweets in Persian to send message to Iran | Defense world pays tribute to Walter Jones MORE (D-Mass.) said he and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington MORE (D-Calif.) were unable to reach a deal on  changes to her leadership team shortly after she clinched the Democratic nomination for Speaker.

Moulton and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanTim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid Baseball legend Frank Robinson, first black manager in MLB, dies at 83 House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website MORE (D-Ohio), the ringleaders of the anti-Pelosi insurgency in the House, met with the California Democrat just ahead of the Democratic caucus's leadership elections Wednesday.

The group had attempted to recruit Rep. Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio) to challenge Pelosi for the Speaker's gavel, but turned instead to attempting to oust Pelosi's top two deputies, Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse to vote on background check bills next week Why Omar’s views are dangerous On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnBiden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report Former FCC Dem to advise T-Mobile, Sprint on merger Clyburn: Dems did not rush to judgment over BuzzFeed report MORE (D-S.C.), from leadership after Fudge opted to endorse Pelosi just ahead of Thanksgiving break. 

Moulton and his allies argue fresh, younger voices are needed to lead the party if they are going to retain the majority. 

“Congresswoman [Kathleen] Rice, Congressman Ryan, and I were glad to accept an invitation from Leader Pelosi ahead of the Caucus vote this afternoon," Moulton said in a statement. "As we have stated from the beginning, this has always been bigger than any one individual. It is about having a conversation, as a party, about what our future looks like and how our leadership can best reflect the House we have just won."

Moulton said that while Pelosi won the nomination, she will face a larger hurdle in whipping the votes needed to secure the Speakership in the floor vote in January.

“The private sector, non-profit organizations, even the Republican Party, have been able to have the difficult conversations about what a plan for succession looks like. No one wants to see this civil conversation spill into a floor fight. Right now, Leader Pelosi will not have the 218 votes necessary to become Speaker," he continued.

"Her three-person leadership team has been unchanged in 11 years. Our request was, and has always been, simple. Produce a meaningful plan for a leadership transition, as you promised in the summer, to allow a new generation of leadership to step forward."

Moulton said he is hopeful Pelosi — who has formally endorsed both Hoyer and Clyburn — will invite them back to further discuss potential changes.

"At Rep. Moulton’s request, this meeting occurred at approximately 12:30 pm in the Capitol. The Leader listened closely to the trio’s concerns," a Democratic aide familiar with the conversation told The Hill. 
Mike Lillis contributed.