One other insurgent Dem softens on opposing Pelosi for speaker

Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids on election night

Pelosi has faced recent opposition from fellow Democrats over reclaiming her role as House Speaker. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. The number of rebels trying to oust Pelosi appears to be dwindling.

"The letter signers hoped to create the space for other candidates to run for Speaker in caucus, but now it looks like it will take a failed floor vote for others to announce", according to a Democratic source involved in the effort.

Rep. Brian Higgins of NY reversed his position and announced he plans to support Pelosi in exchange for several open-ended commitments from leadership to bring an infrastructure bill to the floor next year, lower health care costs for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and work to make Medicare available to Americans at age 50. Just before Thanksgiving, she persuaded Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), another Pelosi critic intent on her ouster, to recant his promise to vote against her on the floor.

Her pitch came as the House Democratic Caucus is scheduled to vote Wednesday on its nominees for leadership positions, with a final vote coming in January at the start of the 116th Congress.

At the same time, a leader of the anti- Pelosi movement, Seth Moulton, said he wants to hold talks with Pelosi to discuss changes to the leadership team.

So far around two dozen Democrats have said they will not vote for Pelosi, but many of those members have not specified whether they would vote against Pelosi in the caucus meeting or on the House floor, making an exact count of her detractors hard to nail down.

So far, no candidate has stepped forward to challenge Pelosi or her deputies.

"Until we hear a clear statement from Nancy Pelosi's office that she understands that she doesn't have the votes to win on the floor and that she will be stepping aside, then at this point, unfortunately, there is very little to negotiate". Pelosi is expected to meet with that group Tuesday.

The nine insurgent Democrats of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus including U.S. Reps.

- When an amendment to a bill has at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican cosponsors, it will get a debate and a vote when that bill is considered on the floor. They question why Democrats are always the ones to cede power when they attain it.

Another Democratic lawmaker who vowed not to support Nancy Pelosi for House speaker is softening his position. "But I do think we risk losing the majority in the House - and we risk having [President] Trump elected for another four years - if the Democrats don't offer a new direction for the Democratic Party".

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), one of 16 lawmakers or members-elect who had signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi on the floor, said on Sunday he would back her over a Republican during the critical January 3 vote. The caucus said it has Pelosi's backing on three of those already, and the three highlighted Monday morning would make six of the original 12.

Pelosi has been working to dispatch the obstacles in her path, holding a series of conversations in person and over the phone to win support from her detractors.

Davids said she will not do anything that could possibly make Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy the speaker. Behind him were, from left, Reps. By the end, she had promised that his two top legislative priorities - a bill to allow people over 50 to buy in to Medicare and a $1 trillion infrastructure measure - would be top agenda items in the next Congress.

"I do it because I want women to see that you do not get pushed around".

"I need to give it some thought and see if I have an interest".

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