LRepublicans regained control of the House of Representatives, according to US media Wednesday, giving them the power to block Joe Biden’s policies until 2024, causing a split in Congress.
After the failed takeover of the Senate, however, the Conservative Party will only have a very narrow majority in the lower house, a far cry from the “giant wave” promised by Donald Trump, which 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,” said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, now a favorite in the running for leadership of this assembly after current “speaker” Nancy Pelosi lost her lost a democratic majority.
“House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a slim Republican majority,” Ms. Pelosi wanted to believe.
Democratic President Joe Biden immediately congratulated Mr. McCarthy and stressed in a statement that he intends to “work with anyone — Republican or Democrat — who is 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.
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, 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 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.
2022-11-17 05:57:35 – Washington (AFP) – © 2022 AFP