Senate leaders preserve posts; McCarthy will get high Home GOP place

Senate leaders preserve posts; McCarthy will get high Home GOP place

The Republicans also not only maintained their majority in the Senate but added several seats.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota took over as Republican whip from Sen. Joni Ernst, as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men.

Looming in the background of all of these contests, however, is the remaining leadership contest, which isn't expected to take place until after Thanksgiving: The race for the Speaker's gavel in the House of Representatives, which Democrats will control for the first time in almost a decade.

In an analysis of the vote, the inside-Washington online publication The Hill stated: "Senate Republicans saw Ernst as someone who might be a better communicator for the conference on television, while Fischer garnered praise as someone who worked diligently behind the scenes to build relationships with members of GOP leadership". McCarthy, the House's majority leader since 2014, will serve as minority leader come January.

At a news conference Wednesday, McCarthy vowed to help the GOP win back the majority in the House and said Republicans will oppose Democrats if they target President Donald Trump.

Walters and Kim have joined a growing number of Republicans in Florida and elsewhere who, like Trump, challenge the legitimacy of vote counts when Democrats gain in late tallies.

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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.

"The electoral tide nearly always pulls against the president's party during his first midterm election, and this year's tide was especially strong because President Trump has been especially divisive", said Matthew Beckmann, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. "He did it in IN and his colleagues seem to like the idea of putting a Marine on the job for them in 2020". Charles Grassley was nominated Wednesday to a high-ranking position that would put him third in line for the presidency.

McConnell held a photo-op with new members of the GOP conference and expressed gratitude Republicans held the majority. Porter's support for reinstating the deduction earned her the backing of the influential California and National Realtors Associations, which spent heavily on her behalf.

Trump has been warned by his staff that he may not get the full US$5 billion he has demanded for new wall construction, according to a person briefed on the discussions who was not authorised to reveal deliberations. He declined to say if he stood by his earlier claims of fraud in the counting of ballots in his race. Tom Daschle. He served in the House before moving to the Senate. Murkowski went on to twice win re-election in Alaska and chairs the Senate Energy Committee. At the same time, the party also will be looking ahead to 2020 and the complicated and lengthy process of choosing a presidential nominee who will try to deny President Trump a second four-year term.

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. Porter is a former student of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) at Harvard Law, and the Associated Press described Porter a protege of Warren's.

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