Monday, February 6, 2023

Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Republicans won control of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, restoring the party’s presence in Washington and giving conservatives the tools to fend off President Joe Biden’s agenda and open investigations. But the slim majority would present an immediate challenge to Republican leadership and complicate the party’s ability to govern.

More than a week after Election Day, Republicans secured the 218 seats needed to wrest control of the House from the Democrats. The size of the party’s lead could take days or even weeks to be known, as votes are still being counted in some close races.

But they are on track for the party’s smallest lead in the 21st century, similar to 2001, when Republicans had a majority of just nine seats, 221-212, with two independents. The landslide Republicans had predicted leads to election day, when the party hopes to take advantage of ongoing economic challenges and Biden’s declining popularity to reset the agenda on Capitol Hill.

Instead, Democrats put up a staunch resistance, sticking to moderate and suburban districts in places like Virginia, Minnesota and Kansas. The results could complicate House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s plans to become House speaker as some conservative members have expressed doubts about supporting him or put conditions on his endorsement.

McCarthy celebrated on Twitter Wednesday night that his party “officially” controls the House of Representatives, writing: “Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver.”

President Joe Biden congratulated McCarthy, saying he stands ready to work with House Republicans to “deliver results for working families.”

“Last week’s elections demonstrated the strength and resilience of American democracy. There was a strong rejection of election deniers, political violence and intimidation,” Biden said in a statement. In the United States, the will of the people prevails.”

The president said, “The future is too bright to get bogged down in political warfare.”

The narrow margin of victory has turned Republican politics upside down and pointed fingers at everything that went wrong. Some members of the Republican Party have blamed Donald Trump for the poor results in the election. The former president, who announced his third run for the White House on Tuesday, picked candidates during this year’s primaries that often cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election or downplayed last year’s assault on the Capitol. Were. Many of them did not produce the expected results in the general elections.

Despite its dismal performance, the Republican Party would continue to gain remarkable strength. Republicans would take control of key committees, allowing them to legislate and launch investigations into Biden, his family and his government. Of particular interest is the investigation into the foreign dealings of the son of President Hunter Biden. Some of the more conservative lawmakers have raised the possibility of impeaching Biden, although it would be more difficult for the party to achieve this with a reduced majority.

Any bill that makes it out of the House of Representatives could run into big trouble in the Senate, where Democrats held a slim majority on Saturday. Both parties are looking forward to the Georgia runoff scheduled for Dec. 6, their last chance to join their ranks.

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