Despite GOP leaders’ pleas, Trump won’t promise border compromise to avert shutdown

Despite GOP leaders’ pleas, Trump won’t promise border compromise to avert shutdown

Despite GOP leaders’ pleas, Trump won’t promise border compromise to avert shutdown

California Republicans, who had a really bad midterm election, did get one good piece of news today, as Kevin McCarthy was elected House Minority Leader in a surprisingly easy 159-43 victory over conservative leader Jim Jordan of OH, a founding member of the ever-fractious House Freedom Caucus.

At a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Wednesday, a half-dozen rank-and-file lawmakers stood up to tell leadership that they needed to fund the wall before they fade into the minority, according to a GOP aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

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.

Fischer already serves as an informal counselor on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team, The Hill noted.

Mr. Jordan had said Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Ryan should bear the blame for election losses last week because voters felt that Republicans didn't live up to their promises.

"He didn't say, 'I'm going to keep the government open.' We didn't ask him that question", Shelby told reporters after returning from the White House. "And whatever we can do in a reasonable fashion, to get it done", Shelby said. Or Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota's 5th congressional district, who is the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. Congress.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump's wall and replace the Obama health care law.

The race for minority leader grabbed most of the attention and served as a early test of whether rank-and-file members believed it was time for wholesale changes following the midterm elections.

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Walters was also hurt by her support for the Republican tax bill, which altered state and local deductions at a huge cost to California homeowners - particularly in the wealthy enclaves of Orange County.

Mr Trump alleged that some fraudsters were changing their hats or shirts and coming back to vote a few times, although Republican election officials in Florida said that they had seen no evidence of this.

While the faces of Democratic Senate leadership remained largely the same, Republicans saw a shake-up due to term limits and retirements. According to the Orange County Register, he first started the position in 1985 and was central in making the county a Republican stronghold. Roy Blunt will be the party's policy chairman.

Democrats also won some key governors races in the Upper Midwest, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

But the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, the band of hard-right insurgents who ousted former Speaker John Boehner and generally made life very difficult for Republicans in the majority, doesn't have much support outside the group.

Jordan says Republicans must be prepared to fight investigations of Trump and his administration that House Democrats plan when they have the majority in January.

Trump, who is close to McCarthy but also friendly with Jordan, largely stayed on the sidelines in the intraparty House contest.

The leadership election comes as incoming freshmen lawmakers are in town for orientation.

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