In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

Pelosi's opponents counting on chaos to deny her speakership

"If it becomes as a choice between a Republican and Nancy Pelosi, I'll obviously support Nancy Pelosi", Lynch told WCVB-TV.

In an announcement posted on her campaign website, the newly elected congresswoman also said she planned to vote for "several younger and newer members" for other leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus.

"If the first Democratic value they see is chaos, I don't think that's very good", said Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., who recently wrote an op-ed with colleagues supporting Pelosi.

Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY said in a tweet: "I hope that we can move swiftly to conclude this discussion about party positions, so that we can spend more time discussing party priorities".

If all 16 members who signed the letter follow through with their pledge to not vote for Pelosi in January, her vote tally would be just shy of the necessary threshold.

McDowell said Pelosi may be terribly "out of touch", but the California Democrat is also one of the greatest fundraisers in the history of American politics. They want her to allow bills to the floor for debate and a vote if they receive 290 cosponsors, fast-track debates and votes for amendments with at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican cosponsors, and allow members to introduce one bill for debate and vote on their committees, as long as they are relevant to the panel and have a cosponsor from the other party.

After one potential rival stepped aside, Pelosi is expected to easily win the majority from her ranks.

Democrats will vote for their party leader next month. Pelosi needs 218 to win the job, if all Republicans oppose her, which is likely.

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Despite being called an "elitist" by some of her critics, Pelosi remains unmoved.

Moulton, a Marine veteran, said earlier he hopes it will be "a chaotic debate" for new leadership because "that would be healthy for the party".

On top of that, nine Democrats in the bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus have vowed to oppose her unless she backs several rules reforms created to make it easier for rank-and-file members to advance bipartisan bills.

"Although we are at a stalemate in our discussions, and therefore can not support Leader Pelosi for Speaker at this time, we will keep working with the Leader and others in hope of reaching consensus on specific rules changes for more bipartisan, common sense governing", the group said. They say years of Republican ads portraying her as an out-of-touch liberal have made it hard for moderate Democrats to win in swing districts.

She is scheduled to meet with the Problem Solvers on Tuesday.

Sixteen Democrats who've opposed Nancy Pelosi's quest to become speaker released a letter Monday saying they will vote for "new leadership" when the House picks its leaders in January, underscoring a significant threat to her effort to lead her party's House majority in the next Congress. "People want to talk about health care".

Another Democratic lawmaker who vowed not to support Nancy Pelosi for House speaker is softening his position.

Trump has tweeted his respect for Pelosi and offered to round up GOP votes to help elect her speaker. Another new member who said during his campaign that he would not back Pelosi, Representative-elect Gil Cisneros of California, added his name to the letter Monday. "I now join my colleagues in support of the leadership team of Pelosi, [Steny] Hoyer and [James] Clyburn", Fudge said in a statement endorsing Pelosi. For example, she has told me that she will support taking action next year to address the SALT deduction issue, and to ensure that the federal government keeps its promise to help fund the Gateway Tunnel project.

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