Speaker Nancy Pelosi to address political future after Democrats lose House majority to Republicans
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “overwhelmed” by the backlash she has received from her colleagues since it was announced that Democrats will lose their majority in the House of Representatives to Republicans, her spokesman said.
“Speaker Pelosi has been overwhelmed by calls from colleagues, friends and supporters,” Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill said, hours after the 218th race was called for Republicans.
With Republicans winning the majority in the House, they now have the opportunity to elect their own leaders, including the Presidency, and will have full control over dictating the legislative agenda for two years.
The GOP will also be able to launch various investigations, which could include investigating Hunter Biden, the January 6th Committee or aspects of the Biden administration.
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As for Pelosi, who will be without a speaker when the new members are sworn in in January 2023, Hammill said she will address her future plans on Thursday.
“The spokeswoman plans to address her future plans tomorrow with her colleagues. Stay tuned,” he wrote.
The GOP won its 218th seat after The Associated Press projected that Republican Mike Garcia would win re-election in California’s 27th Congressional District.
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Democrats, however, have already won 209 seats and could pick up additional seats, as eight are still up for grabs.
President Joe Biden congratulated Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on his party’s victory.
“In this election, voters spoke clearly about their concerns: the need to reduce costs, protect the right to choose and preserve our democracy,” Biden said Wednesday. “I will work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, willing to work with me to deliver results for them.”
Pelosi, the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, has served in Congress, representing California’s 12th Congressional District, for more than 35 years. For 19 of those years, he has been in the Democratic leadership.
Pelosi was also the first woman elected President in 2007.
She was re-elected to the post when Democrats regained the House majority in January 2019, when she stood defiant against then-President Donald Trump.
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The 118th Congress begins on January 3, 2023.