Democrat leads in last undecided House race

House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy talk during the House GOP press conference in the Capitol following the House Republican Conference meeting

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McCarthy has also positioned himself as a close ally of Trump and a leader who can help Republicans win back control of Congress.

McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in the two-way race during a closed-door vote Wednesday afternoon.

Grassley was chosen by his Republican colleagues to become Senate pro tempore, "a position that has historically been bestowed upon the most senior member of the majority party", according to a press release issued Wednesday by the senator's office.

Jordan and McCarthy encountered questions and finger-pointing during a private meeting with GOP lawmakers Tuesday night as the party sorted through the midterm defeat that put House Democrats in the majority for the next two years.

House Democrats will elect their nominee to serve as speaker and other top leadership positions after they officially take the majority later this month, NPR reported. In addition, two Republicans with science backgrounds won House seats. But Kim, who was in D.C. Wednesday for orientation for newly elected House members, released a blistering statement earlier in the week, accusing the Cisneros campaign of "harassing and intimidating vote counters in Orange County". 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. The Democrats who oppose Pelosi have said they plan to circulate a letter with the number of necessary signatures showing she doesn't have the votes to be Speaker, but they have not done so yet. "We have a lot of room to grow", he said. Jordan is a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Senate Democrats reelected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Minority Whip Sen.

"I'll have to see how it plays out". So too are the "Young Guns" - former leader Eric Cantor and outgoing Speaker Ryan - who penned that strategy. Tom Daschle. He served in the House before moving to the Senate. It's not a where you come [from] geographic thing. It's, this leadership needs to turn the reins over to the next generation of Democrats. "That's what they want, that's how they voted, and we need to listen to them". And that's just a start.

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In those cities, low- and moderate-income families increasingly struggle to afford housing anywhere near their workplaces. Meanwhile, the average cost of a single-family house has increased by almost 90 percent to an average price of $844,000.

Durbin, a longtime champion of permanent protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children, said he was not aware of talks to make a deal on those "dreamers" in exchange for money for Trump's wall. Joni Ernst, as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men. John Thune was promoted to party whip, Wyoming Sen.

With Ryan headed for the exits, McCarthy, the current No. 2 House Republican, was long viewed as the heavy favorite to become minority leader in the new Congress, the highest-ranking GOP leadership post with Republicans in the minority after losing control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms.

He topped Mr. Jordan, a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on a 159-43 vote.

"We think he's absolutely our best political strategist, our best fundraiser, our best recruiter", said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

The 116th Congress members-elect pose for a group photo on the East Front Plaza of the US Capitol. Roy Blunt of Missouri took Barrasso's old job as Policy Committee chair.

McCarthy said Republicans will try to recruit more women and focus on diversity going forward.

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