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Republican Kevin McCarthy to become next House minority leader

Republican Kevin McCarthy to become next House minority leader

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.

Last week Jordan, a member of the Freedom Caucus, announced he would run against McCarthy for the position.

In the wake of Democrat control, McCarthy is being praised for his pro-life principles. McCarthy's supporters see him as an effective strategist and fundraiser.

House Democrats put off until after Thanksgiving their more prominent contest, Rep. Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the speaker's gavel she held when the Democrats last had the majority.

House Democrats have already passed the threshold for a majority that they haven't held since 2010.

"We will work with anybody across that aisle if they are there to work to move America forward".

McCarthy, a California Republican, has cultivated a relationship with Mr. Trump.

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Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, Ala., and other GOP leaders met with Trump on Thursday about ways to fund the government. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won another term as majority leader in the Senate, where Republicans appear to have picked up a seat or two. "But if they are just interested in increasing taxes and attacking the president, I think they will overreach and hand us back the majority". Jordan called for House Republicans to fight with the same "intensity" as President Donald Trump on his priorities. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip, is being forced out by term limits. John Thune of South Dakota.

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. "You stand up and defend the White House and the President", Jordan told CNN in a recent interview after being asked how House Republicans can counter a Democratic majority pursuing oversight of the President and the administration.

Senate Democrats also maintained their basic leadership, with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY winning another term after limiting his party's losses last week.

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.

Public opinion expert Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute also noted that independent voters this year told exit pollsters they supported Democrat House candidates over Republicans this year by a margin of 52 to 42 percent.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump's wall and replace the Obama health care law.

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