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 MoultonBullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (D-Mass.) said he and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty The DNC's climate problems run deep Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment 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 Ryan2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' 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 HoyerThe case for congressional pay raises Approve USMCA before it's too late Lawmakers push to permanently ban automatic pay raises for members of Congress MORE (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos Clyburn22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry Impeachment will reelect Trump Impeachment will reelect Trump 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.