Ocasio-Cortez addresses environmental protesters waging sit-in in Pelosi’s office

Fredrick Soto
November 15, 2018

Newly elected lawmakers in the House and Senate will cast their first votes during closed-door meetings Wednesday even before they're sworn into office as part of the new Congress in January.

The Florida race is undergoing a tense mandatory recount, with Trump and other senior Republicans openly accusing county officials of fraud.

But Pelosi is one of her party's most productive fundraisers, energetic campaigners and respected legislative tacticians, giving her wide support that will make her hard to topple.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL was re-elected as minority whip, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Sen. He initially vowed to oppose Pelosi in a June statement, where he said Democrats needed to "change the leadership". She faces GOP Sen.

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House must also choose new leaders, with Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' leader for the past 16 years, making a strong bid to become House speaker in a closed-door November 28 party leadership election.

In the Senate, McConnell, 76, has been the Republicans' leader since 2007.

As the nation observed Veterans Day, President Trump spent the day out of public view, but his tweets suggested he is thinking about how a House controlled by the Democrats might impact his presidency.

The Democrats, Reps. Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas, contended that their private conversations revealed that Pelosi would soon learn that she lacked backing within the full House to be elected speaker next year - despite her confidence that she would lock down the necessary support.

Sunday on LevinTV host Mark Levin's Fox News program, "Life, Liberty & Levin", Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and congressman-elect Chip Roy, R-Texas, discussed the 2018 midterms and why Republicans lost the House of Representatives to the Democrats.

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer has made a bid for that spot "to help bring our party's big tent together".

Schumer portrayed Senate Democrats as emboldened, despite midterm losses, by an election he characterized as a rejection of the GOP tax cuts and Republican efforts to end the Affordable Care Act. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Sen. Florida has also ordered a recount for its gubernatorial race, while the victor of the governor's race in Georgia remained uncertain, with a December runoff still possible. Conservatives want fighters; conservative voters want principled leaders who will stand strong to the onslaught of unfair, over-the-top and brutish attacks of the Democrats and their left-leaning support system called the media. That allows Sen. John Thune of South Dakota to move up to the No. 2 spot. Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez brushed off questions Tuesday when asked about Pelosi's leadership.

Besides maintaining Schumer as minority leader, Senate Democrats also decided Wednesday to keep the rest of their leadership team in place, according to an individual familiar with the proceedings.

McCarthy had been House majority leader, while Jordan is a former chairman of the Freedom Caucus, a break-away conservative faction.

Fact is, the American people have been sending a clear message for some time - can you say tea party? - that Congress needs a complete rework.

Pelosi's office released a letter from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry saying the minority leader had demonstrated her support for the union's key issues, including increasing the minimum wage and improving Medicare and Medicaid.

"The next two years of Congress and the presidential election of 2020 will define the future of our country", Jordan concluded in his letter to his House colleagues.

As for calls for impeachment, Dershowitz said he believes the Democratic Party leadership will be "sensible".

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a leader of the group, told reporters that keeping Pelosi as speaker but making other changes in the party's leadership was "a possibility".

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