A handful of progressive House Democrats are launching a last-minute bid to derail House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s potential speakership should their party retake Congress this fall, reports Politico.
“The group, led by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), among others, wants to force a vote on a Democratic Caucus rules change. They have circulated a letter — signed by a group of anti-Pelosi members — to adopt an amendment to existing Democratic rules,” writes Politico.
The new guidelines would require “an affirmative vote of 218 (or such lesser number is equal to all of the Members of the whole House) … at a Democratic Caucus for the Caucus to nominate someone for Speaker and bind the Democratic Caucus as a whole.”
The current procedure requires a simple majority vote to win election for Speaker, making it harder for Pelosi to secure the position.
“It’s no secret that I think our caucus needs new leadership,” said Rep. Rice.
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