Pelosi's Democratic detractors promise they won't vote for her on the floor, and with 16 Democrats now signed onto a letter making that promise, on top of about a half-dozen freshman Democrats who ran for Congress by vowing to not support Pelosi and continuing to say they'll uphold their promise, Pelosi still has a vote problem ― albeit one that she potentially has ways out of.
What matters to Pelosi much more than Wednesday's caucus vote is the floor vote in January, when Republicans will also get a say over the speaker.
Hoyer, the current minority whip, is running to become majority leader in the new Congress. Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader, is running to become majority whip. Joe Cunningham of SC and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are among those who said they'd vote against Pelosi on the House floor.
"We said from the moment that we began our work on these reforms six months ago, that we would only support a speaker who was willing to agree to rules changes that would help Break the Gridlock", the Problem Solvers said in a statement, referring to the name of their proposed rules package.
Pelosi was nominated as her party's choice for speaker by Rep. Joe Kennedy of MA, with no fewer than eight colleagues set to second the choice, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights leader, and three newly elected lawmakers.
Nancy Pelosi will face her first test in her bid to become House Speaker once again when Democrats hold an internal vote to pick their candidate for the job this week.
Rep. Brian Higgins of western NY and Rep. Stephen Lynch of MA, who both signed the same letter opposing Pelosi, now back her. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a possible Pelosi challenger, also ended up endorsing her.
Democrats were poised to return their entire top leadership team, including Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland in the No. 2 spot as majority leader and Rep. Jim Clyburn of SC in the No. 3 spot as whip.
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Brindisi was one of 16 Democrats to sign a letter pledging to support new leadership in the House.
The full House, including Republican members, will choose a speaker on January 3. He signed a November 19 "Dear Colleague" letter with eight other military veterans in Congress announcing their support for Pelosi. Tim Ryan of OH and Kathleen Rice of NY - met with Pelosi on Wednesday and asked her to produce "a meaningful plan for a leadership transition" to "allow a new generation of leadership to step forward".
There are no challengers to Pelosi or for the other top leadership positions.
"We're not going to make a big play of it", he said.
But Pelosi still faces hard opposition from about 20 Democrats ― with other Democrats signaling on Wednesday that she isn't their first choice for speaker. The members who oppose Pelosi as speaker say she has not done enough to help groom younger members for leadership positions, in turn making it almost impossible for them to rise in the ranks. Some say only with a floor fight in view will new leaders emerge. Some who opposed her Wednesday could still flip to support her on the floor.
"I am saying the same thing that I said during the campaign", Brindisi said.
On Tuesday, she reversed her position and announced that she would be supporting Pelosi now.