‘While we appreciate Leader Pelosi’s broad commitment to our effort, we have yet to receive specific commitments to our proposed rules changes…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Democratic Party is set to nominate its candidate for speaker this week, and the votes Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earns within her party will show whether she can win a majority of 218 votes on the House floor in January.
Pelosi is confident she’ll win her party’s endorsement—and since she’s the only formal candidate, she will likely get the nomination.
But there’s a chance her bid could be defeated if a rogue group of Democrats continues to fight her nomination.
Sixteen Democrats have pledged not to support Pelosi—in the nominating vote or on the House floor—and they are trying to rally support for new party leadership.
In addition, nine other Democrats in the Problems Solvers Caucus have vowed not to support Pelosi unless she backs rules changes.
“While we appreciate Leader Pelosi’s broad commitment to our effort, we have yet to receive specific commitments to our proposed rules changes that would help ‘Break the Gridlock’ and allow for true bipartisan governing in this new era of divided government,” the group said in a statement to The Hill.
“Although we are at a stalemate in our discussions, and therefore cannot 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.”
In a surprising move, President Trump said he would help Pelosi win the votes necessary to secure the speakership if Democrats refused to support her.
But Pelosi has gained significant ground over the past week.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, Pelosi’s only potential challenger, agreed to support the California Democrat in exchange for a chairmanship of a new committee on voting rights.