Senate leaders preserve posts; McCarthy will get high Home GOP place

In the letter announcing his bid for minority leader, McCarthy wrote that House Republicans "need to lay the groundwork to regain the majority so that we can continue working alongside President Trump to fulfill our promise to fundamentally change Washington".

McCarthy is now the House Majority Leader, the No. 2 position under House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring at the end of the year.

In McCarthy, Republicans have boosted one of the party's strongest fundraisers and campaign strategists to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also has an encyclopedic knowledge of Republican members' families and districts.

Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation that might not be over.

House Democrats will elect their nominee to serve as speaker and other top leadership positions after they officially take the majority later this month, NPR reported.

On Thursday, McCarthy sought to downplay Republican losses in the House. "I have a job i was just elected to".

In California, Republican Young Kim, who would have been the first Korean American woman elected to Congress, is also in a race that is too close to call.

Senate Democrats also maintained their basic leadership, with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY winning another term after limiting his party's losses last week.

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Republicans lost the control of the House for the first time in eight years but remains the majority in the Senate during the midterm elections held last week. Orange County, the Southern Californian coastal county that sits between Los Angeles and San Diego flipped four House seats blue following last week's election. John Thune was promoted to party whip, Wyoming Sen.

But the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, the band of hard-right insurgents who ousted former Speaker John Boehner and generally made life very difficult for Republicans in the majority, doesn't have much support outside the group. "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

But Rep. Gary J. Palmer of Alabama, who was elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said Republicans will serve in their role as the opposition.

Porter also bucked the California Democratic Party by declaring her intention to vote for a ballot initiative repealing a modest gas tax levied by the Democratic-run state government to fund infrastructure improvements.

Through their victory in the House, the Democrats now have effective veto power over the Trump administration's legislative initiatives.

In his race for minority leader, McCarthy positioned himself as a close ally of Trump.

Mr Trump alleged that some fraudsters were changing their hats or shirts and coming back to vote a couple of times, although Republican election officials in Florida said that they had seen no evidence of this. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and USA taxpayers.

  • Sonia Alvarado