House Republicans Completely Wiped Out in Orange County California


With Ryan headed for the exits, McCarthy, the current No. 2 House Republican, had always been viewed as the heavy favorite to become minority leader in the new Congress, the highest-ranking GOP leadership post with Republicans in the minority after losing control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

Schumer reiterated on Wednesday that the $1.6 billion Congress allotted earlier this year is sufficient, but McCarthy is calling for $5 billion, and it's a sure bet House Republicans will use their final month in the majority to push for as much of that as they can.

"Congressman Kevin McCarthy is a great friend to the pro-life movement and we congratulate him on his election to serve as House Minority Leader", Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser released in a statement. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was elected to the third-ranking position in the GOP hierarchy and will be the next Republican conference chair.

While his 2015 run to replace Boehner was derailed by opposition from conservatives, McCarthy benefited Wednesday from the fact that he only needed a simple majority of House Republicans' support, and not 218 votes on the House floor. "We knew history was against it", he said. If she wins, she will be the first Korean American woman elected to Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who also attended the meeting, told reporters: "We talked about border security and how to resolve all this, and we're optimistic we have a way forward".

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 the faces of Democratic Senate leadership remained largely the same, Republicans saw a shake-up due to term limits and retirements. "And if Democrats don't remember that, they are going to be in power for two years in the House and then Trump will get re-elected and bring the Republicans back in (to power)".

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One of the newly elected representatives, Elaine Luria, a former Navy officer and engineer who operated nuclear reactors, won a Virginia House race where climate change was a key campaign issue.

And in the 49th District, Democrat Mike Levin is leading Republican Diane Harkey by 55% to 45% for retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa's post. Roy Blunt will be the party's policy chairman.

Republicans are celebrating victories over Democratic Senate incumbents in Indiana, Missouri and possibly Florida, though the recount continues in the Sunshine State.

Further, the Democratic "blue wave" led to the defeat of a number of potentially historic members of their caucus.

Jordan says Republicans must be prepared to fight investigations of Trump and his administration that House Democrats plan when they have the majority in January.

The leadership election comes as incoming freshmen lawmakers are in town for orientation. Jordan is a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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