House goes Red; Senate GOP sticks with Mitch McConnell as leader: Live Updates

Written by on November 16, 2022

Republicans gained majority management of the Home on Tuesday night, a blow for Democrats and creating a serious roadblock for President Joe Biden’s agenda for the subsequent two years.

The GOP gained the ultimate race wanted for Republican management of the home. Regardless of disappointing midterm outcomes for the GOP that noticed Democrats preserve the Senate, Republicans nonetheless managed to win a majority in Congress’ decrease chamber.

Sen. Mitch McConnell will proceed in his function as Senate minority chief for one more session of Congress, after his reelection to the publish on Wednesday. McConnell bested his solely challenger, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, gaining three-quarters of the vote.

All of that is taking place within the context of former President Donald Trump: He announced Tuesday night that he would make a third bid for the White House, regardless of mounting criticism from Republicans about being a drag on the ticket.

WASHINGTON, DC - Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott (right) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listen during a news conference after a policy luncheon with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Building on Sept. 7, 2022. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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What the Home outcomes imply for the Republicans

With Republicans formally successful the Home Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi is not going to be speaker when the brand new Congress is sworn in Jan. 3.

The brand new GOP majority will usher in a brand new group of leaders in Washington. If elected to succeed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi within the prime publish, Kevin McCarthy would lead what is going to possible be a rowdy convention of Home Republicans, most of whom are aligned with Trump’s bare-knuckle model of politics.

Many Republicans within the incoming Congress rejected the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election, regardless that claims of widespread fraud had been refuted by courts, elections officers and Trump’s personal lawyer basic.

McCarthy gained the nomination for Home speaker on Tuesday, with a proper vote to come back when the brand new Congress convenes in January.

“I’m proud to announce the period of one-party Democrat rule in Washington is over,” McCarthy stated after successful the nomination.

– Ledge King and Related Press

McConnell: ‘I’m not going wherever’ 

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell emerged triumphant from the vote, through which he gained about 75% of the tally.  

“I’m not going wherever,” he stated. 

McConnell gave a smile and a thumbs up as he boarded an elevator on Capitol Hill Wednesday.  

McConnell, who has been the Republican Senate chief since 2007, had confronted a problem from Florida Sen. Rick Scott following disappointing midterm election outcomes, however stated he didn’t take it personally.  

“I’m not in any method offended by having an opponent or just a few votes in opposition,” he stated. 

– Rachel Looker 

Senate GOP reelects Sens. John Thune, John Barrasso; replaces Rick Scott in management vote

As Senate Republicans voted to maintain Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the highest GOP chief, lawmakers additionally reelected Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., as second-in-command as whip, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., because the GOP convention chair.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito was elected as vice chair of the GOP convention, changing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, who was elected to function the social gathering’s coverage committee chair throughout Wednesday’s management vote.

The social gathering additionally elected Montana Sen. Steve Daines because the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee chair, changing Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who challenged McConnell for the highest GOP management function as an alternative. Scott misplaced to McConnell after three-quarters of the caucus voted for the Kentucky lawmaker.   

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Sen. Cruz: Closed-door vote was ‘cordial dialogue’ 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who voted for Rick Scott, known as the closed-door assembly to find out Senate management a “cordial” dialogue. 

“It was not a dialogue that was targeted on concessions, it was as an alternative a largely cordial dialogue, however a severe dialogue about how within the minority we will successfully cease this administration’s disastrous insurance policies,” Cruz stated.

He stated he believes voters need daring, sturdy conservative management – and “not merely acquiescing.”  

“I feel for the final two years the Republican Senate Minority didn’t use all of the instruments at its disposal and I feel that’s insane, in order that’s the place I articulated forcibly,” he stated.   

– Rachel Looker 

Hawley: GOP should ‘do one thing totally different if we ever need to be a majority social gathering’

Missouri Sen. Josh Harley, who voted for Rick Scott, instructed reporters after the assembly that the disappointing results of final week’s midterm election is cause sufficient for a change.

“So we had impartial voters that voted for Obama after which voted for Trump who disapprove of Joe Biden,” he stated. “A large variety of them stayed house quite than vote for Republican candidates. My view is that is why you look throughout these elections. That is why there wasn’t a purple wave.

“And so I requested each of the candidates: ‘Do you acknowledge that as a truth? And what do you suppose we have to do in a different way?’ As a result of clearly, the Republican Celebration’s obtained to do one thing totally different if we ever need to be a majority social gathering.”

Requested why he thought the overwhelming majority of the caucus caught with McConnell, Hawley responded:  “As a result of the convention would not need to change course. They need to do what we’re doing. It is working so nicely.”

– Ledyard King

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Vote 37-10-1 to maintain McConnell

Three-quarters of the Senate GOP convention, or 37 folks, voted to maintain McConnell in his management place. Ten voted in opposition to him, and one particular person abstained.

McConnell gave reporters a thumbs up at a information convention after the vote.

– Rachel Looker and Ledge King

McConnell to stay as Senate GOP chief

Senate Republicans reelected Mitch McConnell as their chief Wednesday regardless of grumblings amongst a few of his GOP colleagues that the caucus wants new management after a poor exhibiting within the midterms, the place Democrats defied expectations by retaining their slim majority.

McConnell, who has led Senate Republicans each within the minority and the bulk since 2007, confronted a problem from Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who stated the caucus must be “way more daring and resolute than now we have been previously.”

Scott obtained some help, together with from Indiana Sen. Mike Braun who tweeted Tuesday that  “Hoosier conservative Republicans are sick and uninterested in the established order.”

However McConnell confirmed how agency his grip on the caucus is. He maintained his management place regardless of a midterm election the place the GOP might see its minority shrink additional relying on the Dec. 6 run-off in Georgia between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker.

– Ledyard King

Effort to delay Senate management vote fails

A movement to delay the vote for GOP management failed Wednesday morning, making it much more possible that Sen. Mitch McConnell might be reelected as chief.

Senate leaders will now make nomination speeches.

McConnell has been nominated to stay in his place by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

– Rachel Looker

Braun: ‘We’re political wallflowers’ who want change on the prime

The vote on whether or not to reelect Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP chief hasn’t began but however a minimum of one member of the opposition doesn’t imagine his candidate – Florida Sen. Rick Scott – has the votes to topple the Kentucky senator.

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun stated it’s necessary to put down a marker on what he sees as a Republican Celebration that’s been flailing recently.

“So that is, I feel, the beginning of the place possibly some folks need to begin talking up, until you are utterly proud of the outcomes,” Braun stated earlier than getting into the Outdated Senate Chamber for the vote.

He continued: “And I do not suppose we’re producing the outcomes politically or governmental. And I feel the Democrats outmaneuver us in each election, they’re all the time on each coverage factor. And you realize, we’re political wallflowers. And we typically associate with what they need to do, and we do not have an agenda. We do not have a marketing strategy.”

– Ledyard King

Senators arrive for GOP management elections

Republican senators started arriving for the Senate management election Wednesday morning.

Amongst those that walked into the Outdated Senate Chamber, the place the vote will occur, included: Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, James Risch of Idaho, John Thune of South Dakota, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Braun of Indiana.

The senators will resolve who will lead them within the subsequent Congress. Present Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell is the heavy favourite to be elected.

– Ledyard King, Rachel Looker

Who will management the Home?

As of Wednesday morning, Republicans have gained 217 seats and Democrats have 208 seats. Both social gathering wants 218 for a majority. Ten seats stay uncalled.

Mitch McConnell ‘welcomes’ problem from Rick Scott 

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ok.Y., welcomed the competitors for his management publish from Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla, telling reporters through the Senate GOP information convention Tuesday, “Anyone within the convention is actually entitled to problem me, and I welcome the competition.”

McConnell stated he’s assured he has the votes to maintain his job, a job he’s held since 2007. “I’ll be elected,” he added. 

– Sarah Elbeshbishi, Rachel Looker, Ledyard King

Rick Scott challenges Mitch McConnell for GOP management

Florida Sen. Rick Scott introduced Tuesday that he’ll problem Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell for the highest Republican management spot in a letter to his colleagues, calling for a change in management. A management vote is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“I imagine it’s time for the Senate Republican Convention to be way more daring and resolute than now we have been previously,” the letter stated. “There’s a Republican Celebration that’s alive and nicely in communities throughout America. It’s time there may be one in Washington, D.C. too. That’s the reason I’m operating to be Republican Chief.”

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun tweeted help for Scott on Tuesday. “I ran for Senate as a result of we want OUTSIDERS to tackle the D.C. swamp and get RESULTS,” he wrote. “Hoosier conservative Republicans are sick and uninterested in the established order.” 

–Sarah Elbeshbishi, Rachel Looker, Ledyard King

Beforehand:House Republicans select McCarthy as GOP leader, Scott takes on McConnell to lead Senate GOP

Kevin McCarthy to stay GOP Home chief, clearing method for speakership

Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected Tuesday by the GOP caucus to maintain his job as Republican chief, making him the favourite to be the subsequent speaker of the Home in January. McCarthy beat again a problem from Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, a member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus. 

With some races nonetheless to be known as, as of Tuesday evening Republicans are one seat away from taking again the Home. A win would put McCarthy in place to run the chamber beginning in January. The official vote for speaker will not happen till Jan. Three when lawmakers are sworn in. If McCarthy is chosen by the total Home, he’ll substitute Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

– Sweet Woodall, Sarah Elbeshbishi

Some opposition to McCarthy stays

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, stated Tuesday he would oppose McCarthy’s bid for speaker it doesn’t matter what, telling reporters that there’s a “essential mass” of Republicans who oppose McCarthy.

“Kevin McCarthy could not get 218,” Gaetz stated, referring to the vast majority of the 435-seat chamber. “He could not get 200 votes. He could not get 190 votes right this moment. So, to imagine Kevin McCarthy goes to be speaker you need to imagine he’ll get votes within the subsequent six weeks that he could not get within the final six years.”

– Sweet Woodall, Sarah Elbeshbishi


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