Pelosi challenges Democrats trying to stop her

Pelosi challenges Democrats trying to stop her

Scott's participation in the photo op - walking and talking like an elected US senator - is a show of force by McConnell and Republicans a day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Nelson appeared together in Washington about 20 feet away from McConnell's office.

If the current leads hold in the nine outstanding House races not yet called by the Associated Press, Democrats will control 232 seats next year, meaning Pelosi can only afford to lose 14 Democratic votes on the floor, assuming every Republican votes against her and no members vote present.

McCarthy, elected to Congress in 2006, quickly moved up within the party, most recently holding the majority leader position.

Mr. McCarthy, who trounced conservative challenger Rep. Jim Jordan of OH in the House leader's election, promised cooperation with Democrats - up to a point.

"I think we're entering a world we haven't really seen", Jordan said, rattling off the names of the Democratic chairmen who are poised to investigate Trump.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY will continue to hold the position of Senate minority leader.

The biggest action is among House Democrats, who won the majority after eight years.

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Opponents of Pelosi's bid have not announced a challenger or proxy candidate but are demanding "new blood" in the House's Democratic leadership. Pelosi is expected to win that contest when she just needs a majority of the House Democrats.

McCarthy says Bloomberg "focused on women who were Republican". McCarthy has served as majority leader since 2014. That means Mrs. Pelosi must have almost unanimous support of her caucus to secure the post. Ohio Reps. Marcia Fudge and Tim Ryan both have told CNN they are not ruling out a bid. That would be enough to sink her bid in the January 3 floor vote.

The Democrats mobilizing to block Pelosi had said they meant to release a letter listing all the firm "no" votes at some point this week, but Ryan said that timeline is now up in the air.

"It's a great opportunity for those of us that are in some of the younger classes (of senators) to have our voices heard", Ernst said.

But here's the problem for Pelosi's opponents: There is now no other House Dem stepping forward to take her on. Pelosi hopes to become speaker in the new Congress. "She's a skilled leader", Shalala said.

Nobody has stepped up to challenge Mrs. Pelosi nor her top lieutenant, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, who is in line to become majority leader. The Washington Post surveyed the field of incoming and returning Democrats, and JM Rieger thinks Pelosi should be anxious if politicians stick to their campaign promises. The American people demand it. "We want to make it clear before it comes to that".

On the Republican side in the Senate, lawmakers made incremental changes. Joni Ernst, as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men.

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Sen. John Thune of South Dakota took over as Republican whip from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will leave leadership. With Ryan's backing - as well as a close relationship with President Donald Trump - McCarthy triumphed over Jordan.

McCarthy, from California, beat Jordan, who is from OH, 159-43, according to McCarthy's spokeswoman Erin Perrine.

Mr. Jordan had said Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Ryan should bear the blame for election losses last week because voters felt that Republicans didn't live up to their promises.

The House Democratic Caucus has scheduled the vote for speaker and other top leadership posts for the end of this month.

Jordan told Fox's "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that if he is elected to the leadership job, he will work on "doing what we told the American people we were gonna do". "But if they are just interested in increasing taxes and attacking the president, I think they will overreach and hand us back the majority".

Rick Scott is Florida's Republican governor, not a senator-elect.

"Some key things we told them we were going to do, we didn't", Jordan said.

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McCarthy "knows what he needs to do", said GOP Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was gravely wounded in last year's congressional baseball practice shooting and unanimously won the number 2 spot as minority whip. Rounding out the GOP leadership team will be Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who wants to bring a more aggressive stance to the GOP's communications and messaging strategy in the number 3 spot.

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