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Kevin McCarthy Elected House Minority Leader

Kevin McCarthy Elected House Minority Leader

Yet there he was at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's left shoulder when the Kentucky Republican welcomed GOP senators who will take their seats in January when the new Congress is sworn in. Bill Nelson, the Democratic incumbent in Florida.

For now, Republicans will retain their dominance in both chambers, although Democrats are already ramping up challenges to their partisan rivals and Republican President Donald Trump.

Schumer says Trump and Scott "just lied".

"Sen. Young understands how to win hard Senate races in a presidential election year", said John Ashbrook, a Republican strategist close to McConnell. She faces GOP Sen.

"There are several candidates out there that are great candidates that you know we have a very talented caucus, a lot of talent, and we just have to figure out who it's going to be, you know, if anybody", Ryan said.

"As the minority party in the House, the top priorities of our conference for the next two years should be to defend the president and to regain the trust of the American people so we can win back the majority and enact good policy", Jordan said.

The former college wrestling champ said he told Republicans they need a fighter to confront Pelosi and her new majority. Their struggle over selecting a new speaker still has weeks to play out.

Both senators were chosen by acclamation, according to those familiar with the private caucus meetings. Republicans held a 51-49 before the election and it may grow to 53-49 if they win a runoff in MS and Gov. Rick Scott preserves his lead over Sen.

The Democratic majority will be narrow enough that fewer than 20 Democrats voting for a different candidate would be able to block her, assuming all Republicans oppose her as expected.

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer has made a bid for vice chair of the conference "to help bring our party's big tent together". John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, who held that post for three two-year terms and must step aside because of term limits imposed by Senate GOP rules. Many moderate Republicans, such as Carlos Curbelo of Florida, John Faso of NY and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, lost re-election bids, leaving a more conservative concentration of members in the minority. I would say this, as we tout diversity in this party, there's no diversity in our leadership. Overall, Pelosi raised $129 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "After more than a decade of leading House Democrats as Speaker and Minority Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will not have my support as leader in the next session", Van Drew said.

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McCarthy had faced a long-shot challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Democrats re-elected their party leadership by acclamation during a closed-door meeting Wednesday.

"I think we're entering a world we haven't really seen", Jordan said.

Leaders will have to manage the strategy for those committee members who will be forced to participate in the investigations - on top of pressure from the White House to protect the president.

But first they appeared headed toward a showdown over Trump's wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

It was a victory for the Democrats as they gained more than the 23 seats needed for the first time in eight years. "But there's an opportunity for us to come together and get single-focused on the message".

He won a new term by acclamation Wednesday.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the current No. 3 House Republican, was elected to the No. 2 Republican leadership position in the new Congress, where he will serve as minority whip.

"You couldn't come from a better background", Collins said.

The Democrats, Reps. Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas, contended that their private conversations revealed that Pelosi would soon learn that she lacked backing within the full House to be elected speaker next year - despite her confidence that she would lock down the necessary support.


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