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Democrats Have a Plan to Oust Nancy Pelosi. Will It Work?

A group of anti-Pelosi Democrats in the House are trying to change the way the caucus picks its leader. If they succeed, Pelosi could be out.

By NTK Staff | 09.20.2018 @12:15pm
Democrats Have a Plan to Oust Nancy Pelosi. Will It Work?

The rules governing how Congress operates are notoriously complicated and cumbersome, but a small group of Democrats are working on a strategy to change the way that their party elects its leaders in the House of Representatives. If they are successful, it could mean the end of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s long-time tenure as the top House Democrat.

Right now, a Democrat needs a simple majority of the number of Democrats in the House to be elected leader. But a new plan put forth by anti-Pelosi Democrats would require 218 Democrats – a majority in the entire House – to become leader. Here’s how CBS News explains it:

Current House Democratic rules require that their leader win a majority of the caucus in order to secure the job and be put forward as a candidate to the full House to serve as speaker. Democrats and Republicans put forward candidates for House speaker at the start of a new two-year session. Given the math, the majority party’s candidate always wins and becomes speaker.

Under the plan unveiled by anti-Pelosi Democrats, if the party wins control of the House, their new leader would need to win the votes of at least 218 Democrats — representing a majority of the entire House — in order to win the leader position and be considered as speaker.

Included in the list of Democrats supporting this change are some of the most vocal critics of Pelosi: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who challenged Pelosi for the minority leader slot at the end of 2016 and earned 63 Democrat votes, is also on the list.

Meanwhile, some pro-Pelosi Democrats are disgusted with the tactics. “With less than 50 days until the election, if you aren’t focused on winning the House, you are helping Republicans,” one Democrat aide said.

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