McCarthy Wins Minority Leader Race

Gladys Abbott
November 16, 2018

The California Republican, an ally of President Donald Trump, fended off a challenge from conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of OH in a closed-door election.

House Democrats, who hold the majority following this year's midterm elections, will select their leadership at the end of the month.

The three leadership elections that took place Wednesday went largely as expected.

House Democrats will hold their election after Thanksgiving. Rice said she feels the same way about Hoyer and Clyburn.

A Washington Post report said McCarthy beat Jordan with the backing of retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan and benefits from a close relationship with President Donald Trump. She argued that Orange County residents had already been hit hard by the federal tax law and that infrastructure funds could be secured through other means. That would be enough to sink her bid in the January 3 floor vote.

Porter also bucked the California Democratic Party by declaring her intention to vote for a ballot initiative repealing a modest gas tax levied by the Democratic-run state government to fund infrastructure improvements. "We knew history was against it", he said. "And we don't even give her a gold watch". Ben Ray Lujan, a New Mexico Democrat who led midterm campaign efforts.

"I don't see it".

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.

With control of the House, the Democrats now have the authority to exercise oversight of President Trump's administration. More than 70 percent of House Democrats have never served under a different team - which is part of the reason for the agitation. "This is not an age thing".

GOP Rep. Peter King of NY rose to object, saying his view was that Republicans lost ground over the GOP tax cuts that reduced deductions for some filers.

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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. "That's what they want, that's how they voted, and we need to listen to them".

Sen. Deb Fischer on Wednesday lost her bid for a Republican Senate leadership position after a GOP caucus contest with Sen.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been elected to take over the Republican caucus next year.

In the House, Jordan and McCarthy shook hands after a testy two days of closed-door sessions, according to lawmakers in the room for Wednesday's voting.

Kim, who had led the race since election night, would be the first Korean-American woman sent to the House, if elected.

But McCarthy added, "We took a beating inside the suburban areas".

Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Republicans exceeded expectations by limiting their losses.

"My job is to win that majority back, and I'm focused on that", he said. I think very highly of him. "I think you have to advance ideas that are better than theirs, and some of the ideas I've heard out of them, that is a low bar".

Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running unopposed for the position of Republican conference chair, the third-ranking position in the leadership hierarchy with Republicans in the minority. John Barrasso became conference chairman and Missouri Sen.

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