House Republicans elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as party leader

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy defeated Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday to retain his post as the top Republican in the House a week after Democrats flipped control of the chamber. There's a reason she's remained atop Democratic leadership despite the shellacking they took in the two previous midterm elections.

Countering the effort, Pelosi and her supporters in the House are arguing that pushing a woman out of Democratic leadership after more than 100 women were just elected to Congress "would be wrong".

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a leader of the anti-Pelosi faction, is advancing the idea that Pelosi can not round up enough support. "You stand up and defend the White House and the President", Jordan told CNN in a recent interview after being asked how House Republicans can counter a Democratic majority pursuing oversight of the President and the administration.

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a group of climate justice protesters in the office of once (and future?) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday morning. Well, Pelosi proved - when she negotiated and secured House passage of legislation to save the US auto industry, to rescue the nation's financial industry from collapse, to bring the nation's economy back from the Great Recession and to provide health care to all Americans - she is the single best legislator in the business.

The former college wrestling champ at Ohio State told reporters on Tuesday that he advised fellow Republicans they need a fighter to confront Pelosi and her new majority.

But Pelosi as speaker never lost her nerve. "But there haven't been any discussions about that, but it's certainly a possibility".

"The bottom line here is we won back Congress".

"I've not ruled it out". "But what I'm saying is I haven't given it any thought".

Numerous incoming freshmen are already getting calls from both sides, offering them encouragement and support as they navigate their new environment. "That is what made me start finally thinking about it".

Pelosi has been "pretty clear that Democrats top priority is advancing legislation connected to our "For the People" agenda and that impeachment would depend on the facts", Pelosi's communications director Ashley Etienne wrote us in an email.

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House Democrats also plan to vote early next year on plans to ensure patients with preexisting medical conditions are protected when shopping for insurance, Pear reports.

"We have elected a new generation of inspiring leaders and we know that a new era of democratic dominance is on the horizon", said the committee's executive director Jessica Post. "Someone will emerge, if no one has emerged before that".

Schumer was quick to tout the cohesiveness of Senate Democrats at a press conference after leadership elections.

The three seats are among the seven that Democrats heavily targeted after a majority of voters in those districts voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Florida, meanwhile, will go to a machine recount, with Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum now close enough in final votes to trigger an automatic recount. Her main task as House GOP conference chairwoman would be to craft a marketing strategy to help Republican lawmakers retake the House and propel Trump to a second term.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, emerged as the victor Wednesday over Sen.

The Senate remains under Republican control.

But McCarthy does not have authority to appoint a lawmaker to any ranking member position. McConnell has said he has been seeking to add women to the leadership team for years.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, whom many Pelosi detractors want to run for speaker, said he believes Pelosi will get the 218 votes she needs - and insisted he was focused on his race for Democratic Caucus chairman, rather than a bid for the speakership.

That includes Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., as minority whip and Sen. "I think it would be irresponsible of us to put the same people in leadership that put us in the minority", he said.

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