The Bicameral Congress: Crash Course Government and Politics #2
Nancy Pelosi Re-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi was re-elected by a small margin on Sunday as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Congress. 216 legislators voted for her candidacy, 209 against.
The new composition of Congress, which began work on January 3, will face greater uncertainty: it is still unclear which party will control the Senate, the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives have shrunk, and Republicans plan to immediately join the fight against the usually routine procedure for certifying the results of the presidential election..
In the November elections, the Democrats lost 11 seats in the 435-seat House of Representatives, and now have a majority of 222 seats. This reduces the wiggle room for Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her first challenge to get re-elected..
Senate remains under Republican control until Georgia’s second round of elections on Tuesday.
At the first session of the Senate on Sunday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that “to say that the 117th Congress is meeting at a difficult time is to say nothing.”.
“From political divisions and a deadly pandemic to adversaries around the world, the obstacles we face are many and serious,” he said..
However, there is much to hope for, he said, citing Americans’ “optimistic, forward-looking and determined spirit” and the introduction of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines..
Nancy Pelosi, addressing her fellow party members, also noted that the new composition of the Congress will begin work during the period of the coronavirus epidemic and the economic crisis..
“In taking the oath, today we are taking on a responsibility that is as great and demanding as that of previous generations of leaders,” she said..
A group of Republican senators plans to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election during Wednesday’s certification process.
A more equal balance of power in both chambers this year provides an opportunity for moderate bipartisans to show their political strength, especially after President Donald Trump leaves the White House on January 20 and Biden, who campaigned as a centrist, takes office..
Due to the virus, members of the House of Representatives voted in groups, which delayed the procedure. House Leaders Announce No More Than 72 Legislators At The Same Time To Respect Social Distancing.
At the first Senate meeting on Sunday, the Republicans had a majority.
The previous Senate had 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Currently the ratio is 51 to 48.
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Lefleur has been appointed to replace the senator who stepped down early. She retains her seat in anticipation of the second round of elections on Tuesday.
However, the term of office of another Republican senator from Georgia, David Purdue, has expired, so he will know if he can take his seat again only after the election results are summed up..
If at least one of Lefleur and Purdue wins, the Senate will retain a Republican majority led by Mitch McConnell..
If in both cases the Democrats win in Georgia, then the parties will split the Senate in exactly 50 january.
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