McCarthy Wins Minority Leader Race

17 November, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Essie Rivera
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California Congressman Kevin McCarthy has defeated Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan for House Minority Leader in the new Congress. McCarthy now serves as House Majority Leader, which will change in January after Democrats took control of the lower chamber on Election Day.

Jordan is a leader of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.

In the wake of Democrat control, McCarthy is being praised for his pro-life principles.

"We think he's absolutely our best political strategist, our best fundraiser, our best recruiter", said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, is flanked by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., left, the senator-elect from Tennessee, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate in the undecided challenge to incumbent Sen.

Whoever wins out as minority leader will become the most visible face of opposition to the incoming Democratic majority. "If there are variables and things that are offered to us of course we'll consider them, but I think our position is pretty sound and understandable". Fischer told reporters after the closed-door meeting that Ernst had secured the votes to win.

The three leadership elections that took place Wednesday went largely as expected.

McCarthy, previously the second-ranking House Republican, will succeed retiring Speaker Paul Ryan as leader of a diminished GOP band in the lower chamber.

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Two Orange County Republicans facing the prospect of defeat in the November 6 congressional election as final ballots are counted have adopted President Trump's tactic of making baseless allegations of vote fraud.

Texas voters also saw former El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar, and state Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston defeat their Republican opponents, making history as the first Latinas elected to represent the state in the U.S. House.

Scott's participation in the photo op - walking and talking like an elected USA senator - is a show of force by McConnell and Republicans a day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Nelson appeared together in Washington about 20 feet away from McConnell's office. That allows Sen. John Thune of South Dakota to move up to the No. 2 spot. Sen.

Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former congressman-and physicist-says the election of new science-oriented lawmakers will bring a fresh focus on evidence-based thinking to policy discussions on Capitol Hill.

Although they retain full control of Congress for now, Republicans still need support from Democrats to pass any bill in the Senate.

Officials have yet to determine the winners in one Senate contest and six House races - a week and a half after the midterm elections.

While frustration at upward mobility is a widespread gripe among House Democrats, and even some of Pelosi's supporters acknowledge there is not a deep bench to replace her, no one else is yet running for House Speaker.

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