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Republican Kevin McCarthy speaks here with the press after the House Republican Conference voted to run him as the nominee for President of the House November 15, 2022 in Washington.
UNITED STATES – Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 16, according to US media, giving them blocking power over Joe Biden’s policies until 2024 and leading to a split in Congress.
However, after failing to enter the Senate, the Conservative Party will have a very narrow majority in the House of Commons, far from it “giant wave” promised by Donald Trump, who nevertheless announced a new candidacy for the White House on Tuesday evening. Indeed, the former president’s lieutenants achieved very mixed results in the midterm elections.
“Americans are ready for a new direction and House Republicans are ready to act”welcomed Republican leader to the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, now a favorite in the race to head this assembly, the current one “Speaker” Nancy Pelosi has lost her Democratic majority.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Republicans have officially flipped the People’s House! Americans are poised for a new direction, and H… https://t.co/Q76YjezTCQ
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLader)
Democratic President Joe Biden immediately praised Kevin McCarthy and stressed in a statement that he matters “Work with anyone – Republican or Democrat – willing to work with me to take action”.
NBC, CNN, Fox News and CBS forecast Wednesday that Republicans would have at least 218 seats in the House of Representatives, or a majority of the 435.
BREAKING: CBS News expects the Republican Party to gain control of the US House of Representatives. https://t.co/U2Md8Xvkzm
— CBS News (@CBSNews)
If American media projections for all seats are correct, Joe Biden’s performance would still represent the best result by a president in more than 20 years in midterm elections, traditionally difficult for power squared.
That very thin Republican majority in the House of Commons also risks complicating his governance. With a Republican House of Representatives and a Democratic Senate, Joe Biden’s party will no longer be able to push through any major projects in this now divided Congress. 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 rebel on this defensive attitude. And, on the contrary, will have to use the negotiating skills he inherited from his long career as a senator 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 oversight 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 is keeping an eye 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.
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