House Republicans To Choose Leaders After Midterm Defeat

Posted November 15, 2018

He became majority leader, the chamber's top post, in 2015 when his party took control from the Democrats.

Trump and Scott have accused elections supervisors in two Florida Democratic counties of fraud without offering evidence.

But here's the problem for Pelosi's opponents: There is now no other House Dem stepping forward to take her on.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL was re-elected as minority whip, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Sen. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will replace Utah Sen.

California Republicans, who had a really bad midterm election, did get one good piece of news today, as Kevin McCarthy was elected House Minority Leader in a surprisingly easy 159-43 victory over conservative leader Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the ever-fractious House Freedom Caucus.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has predicted a "lively" lame-duck session. "We're the voices of a silent majority who want new leadership & to protect new members".

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"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", McConnell told reporters, when asked what Senate Republicans would do if Democrats attempted to obtain Trump's tax returns.

The party will need a steady hand in the House as minority status will leave Republicans largely on the sidelines watching Democrats - likely led by Nancy Pelosi of California as House speaker - open investigations into a wide range of the Trump administration's activities and the president's personal finances.

The only contested leadership position was Ernst's race down-ballot race for vice-chair of the Republican conference.

"It is vitally important that we bring our party together and get our message out to voters", said Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican who was defeated last week by a Democrat after serving 11 terms. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Sen. As of now, Democrats hold 229 seats and Republicans hold 198, but several races remain undecided, so the Democratic number could grow. That allows Sen. John Thune of South Dakota to move up to the No. 2 spot. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri take over the third- and fourth-ranking spots.

Besides maintaining Schumer as minority leader, Senate Democrats also decided Wednesday to keep the rest of their leadership team in place, according to an individual familiar with the proceedings.

The Pelosi detractors are circulating a letter and trying to accumulate enough signatures to showcase the breadth of the Democratic opposition to Pelosi.

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FILE - Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, waits for President Donald Trump to arrive to sign various bills in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 27, 2017, in Washington.

If the current leads hold in the nine outstanding House races not yet called by the Associated Press, Democrats will control 232 seats next year, meaning Pelosi can only afford to lose 14 Democratic votes on the floor, assuming every Republican votes against her and no members vote present.

Jordan told Fox's "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that if he is elected to the leadership job, he will work on "doing what we told the American people we were gonna do". He's close to Trump, but the president is also friendly with Rep. Jim Jordan, the conservative Freedom Caucus member, and both faced testy colleagues ready to assign blame after the midterm election losses.

"I think we're entering a world we haven't really seen", Jordan said, rattling off the names of the Democratic chairmen who are poised to investigate Trump. On the Democratic side, Sen.

As for calls for impeachment, Dershowitz said he believes the Democratic Party leadership will be "sensible".

Two Democrats leading the rebellion against Nancy Pelosi were bullish Tuesday evening about their efforts to stop her from winning the speakership, promising to soon reveal that they had enough support to cause a major shake-up at the top of their caucus.

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