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A brand new divided US Congress, with or with out Nancy Pelosi


HAShe day after the Republicans took over the US House of Representatives, powerful Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to announce Thursday whether she intends to step down from a political scene in which she has played a prominent role for two decades.

“The President plans to announce her future plans to her colleagues tomorrow. To be continued,” her spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted on Wednesday evening without further details.

This 82-year-old woman, the third figure in the American state, is best known for her role as the first opponent of Donald Trump, whom she fiercely fought when he occupied the White House.

A tactician with unparalleled political flair, she often made rain or shine on Capitol Hill, where she was elected “Speaker” in 2007 and became the first woman to hold the throne of the House of Commons.

His commitment to Taiwan has been the subject of much discussion in recent months: his visit to the island claimed by the Chinese authorities this summer had angered Beijing.

In late October, her husband was attacked by a man armed with a hammer in their home in California in the middle of the night. He was actually looking for Nancy Pelosi, whom he accused of lying and wanted to “break her kneecaps”.

The drama featured the Democrat saying she was “traumatized.”

Shortly before the Nov. 8 election, she told CNN that the attack would affect her decision on whether or not to step down if the Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives.

This happened on Wednesday evening, at the end of a week of exciting counts of how the complex American electoral system manages to cope.

In the end, Republicans won a majority of at least 218 seats, which, although very narrow, will give them blocking power over Joe Biden’s policies until 2024.

Splits

Congress is therefore divided as Democrats have managed to retain control of the Senate.

In this constellation, Joe Biden’s party will no longer be able to vote on major projects. But neither does the other side.

Republicans had threatened to overturn certain measures taken by Joe Biden if they regained control of the two chambers. In particular, they wanted to reconsider the resources allocated to the tax authorities for hiring new civil servants or certain reforms in the education system.

Republicans could also be more selective about Washington’s aid to Ukraine.

They had also planned to attack abortion rights or legislate on firearms, which would have pushed Joe Biden to use his veto power.

In the end, the 79-year-old president will not have to remain seated on this defensive attitude. And on the contrary, he will have to use the negotiating skills he inherited from his long career as a senator in order to avoid paralyzing the federal administration (the famous “shutdown”).

But the president’s outstretched hand risks hitting a wall of red, the color of the conservatives.

Even with a slim majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans will have significant inspection powers, which they have promised to use for a variety of probes into Joe Biden’s handling of the pandemic or Afghanistan’s withdrawal.

They could also be pursuing his son Hunter, who is accused of using his name to do business in Ukraine and China.

The Conservative Party wants to exploit possible weaknesses in the Democrats and has its sights set on the 2024 presidential election: With his candidacy on Tuesday, Donald Trump started a merciless fight for the Republican Party’s nomination for the White House election.

2022-11-17 15:58:36 – Washington (AFP) – © 2022 AFP

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