New GOP Leaders Stick With Trump Despite Midterm Losses

Jermaine Castillo
November 15, 2018

Simply put, although he lost the majority to Democrats in the new House, he warned them on Twitter. Joni Ernst - in the No. 5 spot. Pelosi only needs a majority in the caucus vote to win the nomination for Speaker, so unless all of these newly elected Democrats plan to cast a vote for Republican Kevin McCarthy, it doesn't matter.

Trump has stayed largely on the sidelines ahead of closed-door elections Wednesday that will determine party leadership not only for House Republicans, but also for Senate Democrats and Republicans, and set the tone for the new Congress. Voting for the biggest race, Rep. Nancy Pelosi's bid to return as the Democrats' nominee for speaker, is later this month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was elected to another term as party leader. "House Democrats ran on and won on our bold campaign for a $1 trillion investment in our infrastructure that will make our communities more resilient to the climate crisis, while creating 16 million new good-paying jobs across the country".

Schumer was quick to tout the cohesiveness of Senate Democrats at a press conference after leadership elections.

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.

McCarthy is generally expected to win the top leadership slot, but conservatives are making an aggressive push for greater control in the House, according to several Republican members and aides who were granted anonymity to discuss internal GOP negotiations.

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"I want to thank the unprecedented grassroots effort that supported this campaign", said Josh Harder, who will replace Denham in Congress, as Democrats could flip six seats from the GOP in the Golden State, transforming the California delegation into one which has 45 Democrats, and just eight Republicans. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Although some Republicans, such as Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, have been critics of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's crackdowns on dissent, most criticism of Egypt has come from Democrats. Roy Blunt of Missouri will round out the team, and Cornyn will still have a seat at McConnell's table of counselors.

The Pelosi detractors are circulating a letter and trying to accumulate enough signatures to showcase the breadth of the Democratic opposition to Pelosi.

By Tuesday afternoon, what at first seemed like a potentially angry encounter as Pelosi seeks to secure the speakership, instead took a friendly turn, with the longtime Democratic leader and the 29-year-old liberal insurgent exchanging public messages of support.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that "Trump has told advisers that Whitaker is loyal and would not have recused himself from the investigation, current and former White House officials said". Other top Democrats held their positions, including Sen.

Republicans are poised to elect their first woman to leadership in nearly a decade.

House Agriculture chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX) cheered McCarthy's election to leading Republicans in the minority.

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That means Pelosi can only lose somewhere between 11 and 19 votes, depending on how the final races are called, and still win back the speaker's gavel.

The midterm elections take place every four years, two years into the president's hold of office.

At Wednesday's news conference, McCarthy said he does not believe that the President is to blame for House Republicans losing their majority, but he conceded that the party has work to do to improve its standing with voters, particularly in suburban areas.

Elections Wednesday will also determine party leadership in the Senate.

Just weeks away from being sworn into office, Ocasio-Cortez joined a climate change protest outside of Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office on Tuesday.

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