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Kevin McCarthy elected House minority leader

16 November, 2018, 15:57 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy talk during the House GOP press conference in the Capitol following the House Republican Conference meeting

McCarthy replaces current House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as leader of the party in the lower chamber.

Looming in the background of all of these contests, however, is the remaining leadership contest, which isn't expected to take place until after Thanksgiving: The race for the Speaker's gavel in the House of Representatives, which Democrats will control for the first time in almost a decade.

On Thursday, McCarthy sought to downplay Republican losses in the House.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump's wall and replace the Obama health care law. McCarthy acknowledged Republicans "took a beating" in suburban areas and need a better strategy to win them back.

McCarthy said Republicans will try to recruit more women and focus on diversity going forward.

Republicans have pushed hard for tighter rules requiring voters to show identification when they come to cast ballots.

Senate Democrats are keeping their team headed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY even though one of the two new Democratic senators-elect, Kyrsten Sinema (SIN'-uh-muh) of Arizona, has said she wouldn't vote for him.

Bloomberg spent more than $110 million in the midterms.

The Democrats' win also places them in the position to investigate the Trump administration, including the Russian connection to President Donald Trump's campaign, controversial spending by his Cabinet secretaries and Trump's personal income tax returns, according to NBC.

House Republicans have agreed to the US$5 billion Trump wants, but senators struck a bipartisan deal earlier this year to provide only US$1.6 billion.

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In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump. Charles Grassley was nominated Wednesday to a high-ranking position that would put him third in line for the presidency. She faces GOP Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), flipped a GOP-held seat in California's traditionally Republican Orange County.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, ran unopposed for Republican conference chair, which was formerly held by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

In a statement Thursday, Porter said she will "bring accountability back to Washington".

"This was a great victory for us", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Republicans were widely predicted to not only keep the Senate majority but improve upon it with vulnerable Democrats in North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana. Both were selected by acclamation. Meanwhile, Pelosi is continuing to project confidence - even as she calls incoming lawmakers and touts the multitude of endorsements from various colleagues and outside groups.

In the House, Jordan and McCarthy shook hands after a testy two days of closed-door sessions, according to lawmakers in the room for Wednesday's voting.

Her opponents, eager for new leadership, are arguing she does not have enough support to pass a full House vote.

Next in line for the GOP leadership hierarchy in the new Congress is Rep. Steve Scalise, the current No. 3 House Republican, who successfully vied for the position of minority whip in the new Congress. Scalise, as majority whip, gained a higher national profile after he was injured a year ago in a shooting during a Republican congressional baseball practice.

Many Republicans side with Jordan's theory, which is that Republicans, despite a GOP monopoly on power in Washington, lost because they didn't "do what we said" - including delivering Trump's priority to build the border wall with Mexico.



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