Republicans select minority leader in next Congress

Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections

House Democrats prepare to unload flurry of Trump investigations

"The person with the ability, drive and experience to do it best is the dynamic woman who led us to this historic opportunity".

In morning meetings, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., won the votes to keep their posts next year.

With the speaker's gavel now out of reach, GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump ally, is poised to take over as minority leader.

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.

One potentially controversial arrival on Capitol Hill would be that of Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is locked in an uncalled Senate race with incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and who reportedly stated he could travel to Washington this week. "That unity has been our strength, and it will continue to be as strong as ever in the 116th Congress", he said.

Three of the four Democrats who ran against Republicans in local Congressional races - David Shapiro, Chris Hunter and Kristen Carlson - all said they would back a leader other than Pelosi for speaker of the House of Representatives should their party win a majority in the chamber this November.

"We are serving in this House at a hinge point in history", Cheney said in a letter announcing her run.

House Democrats will first hold an intra-party caucus vote on November 28 for its congressional leaders, in which only a simple majority is needed to win and in which a vast majority of members are expected to again support Pelosi.

Moulton told reporters Tuesday evening that he is "100 percent" confident that the small group of Democrats opposing Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the party's leader have enough votes to block her bid to return as House speaker. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, are all in their 70s.

"I will be speaker of the House no matter what Seth Moulton says", Pelosi told reporters, according to Bloomberg News. "She's a skilled leader", Shalala said. It's not a gender thing. Pelosi is widely expected to once again assume the mantle of House Speaker and has always been one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington. "But there's already been signs beyond what we saw in the spectacle in your video today, Laura, that they want to change the rules to increase the threshold in the Democratic Caucus to 218", Dhillon said. Rice said they have the requisite signatures, but did not provide a date for releasing the letter.

"Come on in, the water's warm", Pelosi said.

One senior Democratic source on Monday told the news site Axios, which published 85 potential Trump-related targets, they are preparing a "subpoena cannon" for when the new Congress is seated in January. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, is being forced out by term limits. Rep. Bill Brawley, also a Republican from Mecklenburg County, is now in a too-close-to-call race with Rachel Hunt, former Gov. Jim Hunt's daughter. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will replace Utah Sen.

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.

Congress has to pass legislation before it reaches the president's desk, which is why the party with a majority will be in control.

On another front, Trump has threatened to let some federal agency funding lapse unless Congress provides full funding for the border wall. But rarely has a leader of a party that suffered a major defeat - Democrats wiped out Republicans in GOP-held suburban districts from NY to McCarthy's own backyard - been so handily rewarded.

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