Nancy Pelosi has been narrowly re-elected Speaker of the US Home of Representatives, with a brand new Congress taking workplace amid political uncertainty.
The Home voted 216-209 to reinstate Pelosi on Sunday, after Democrats misplaced 11 seats within the November elections to command a narrower 222-212 majority.
5 Democrats selected to not assist her – two voted for candidates not operating, whereas three others merely voted “current”.
The Senate stays Republican run forward of dual elections in Georgia on Tuesday, giving its members a platform to once more air President Donald Trump’s baseless claims his loss to Joe Biden was fraudulent.
A number of state and federal critiques have discovered no proof to assist the claims however Republican senators and Home members plan to problem the election outcome when Congress certifies it on Wednesday.
A push led by Senator Ted Cruz for an emergency 10-day audit of leads to contested battleground states drew criticism on Sunday from staunch Trump ally Lindsey Graham.
“It seems to be extra of a political dodge than an efficient treatment,” he stated.
“I’ll hear intently however they’ve a excessive bar to clear.”
The narrower steadiness of energy in each chambers may additionally encourage moderates from every social gathering to flex their muscular tissues, particularly after Trump leaves the White Home on January 20 and Biden takes workplace.
However leaders in each the Home and Senate tried to sound optimistic regardless of mounting challenges.
“From political division to a lethal pandemic to adversaries all over the world, the hurdles earlier than us are many and critical,” Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell stated on the Senate flooring.
“However there’s additionally loads of motive for hope,” the Kentucky Republican added, citing the continued rollout of coronavirus vaccine.
“I would say 2021 seems to be vibrant already.”
Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, additionally stated he hoped the brand new Congress would “flip the web page” on partisan division “and start a brand new chapter of co-operation.”
A smaller Democratic majority and the still-raging coronavirus pandemic made re-election as Speaker trickier for Pelosi, the one girl ever to carry job.
The smaller caucus meant much less room for dissident Democrats to vote in opposition to her with out risking a potential win for Republican Kevin McCarthy, who opposed her.
“It is not private. It is not malicious. It simply represents a sense in my district,” Democratic Consultant Elissa Slotkin of Michigan advised reporters earlier than voting “current”.
“We want a distinct crop (of leaders) that represents a broader swath of the nation,” Slotkin stated.
Within the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence swore in 32 senators on Sunday, administering the oath of workplace in pairs resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.
A Republican win of 1 or each Georgia Senate seats up for election on Tuesday would cement the Republican majority led by McConnell.
Twin Democratic wins in Georgia would produce a 50-50 Senate, the place Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would maintain the tie-breaking.