Jim Jordan loses leader position to McCarthy

Jim Jordan loses leader position to McCarthy

Jim Jordan loses leader position to McCarthy

McCarthy, the House's majority leader since 2014, will serve as minority leader come January.

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.

McCarthy, a California Republican, has cultivated a relationship with Mr. Trump.

Meadows told reporters on Wednesday that he believes Jordan has "earned" the spot of ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. "We knew history was against it", he said.

Cornyn added: "I think we ought to try to be a little bit more pragmatic about how much money can reasonably be spent to do what the president wants to do within the time period the appropriation is created to cover".

House and Senate Republicans elected their leaders for the next Congress on Wednesday, largely sticking with the same team that led them to disappointing results in last week's midterm elections.

As minority leader, McCarthy will become the most visible face of opposition to the incoming Democratic majority. While the Democrats may have lost seats in the U.S. Senate, they have captured the House majority after being locked out of power after the 2016 presidential election. The outcome gives the president two allies positioned to help him.

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House Democrats will decide later this month if congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will return as House speaker. Both were selected by acclamation. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won another term as majority leader in the Senate, where Republicans appear to have picked up a seat or two.

Among them is Ayanna Pressley in the MA 7th District, who is the first black woman to be elected to Congress from her state. Jordan is a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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The total cost of a wall along the 2,000-mile border is projected to exceed $20 billion, but Trump has signaled he wants at least $5 billion for work over the next year.

But Nate Cohn in The New York Times wrote that while Democrats did better in suburban areas of the Midwest and the country in general, they "struggled to a surprising extent" in the old mining and industrial towns that used to be Democratic strongholds.

Trump claimed, without providing any evidence, that blatant use of fake voters in disguise had swung close elections.

McCarthy relishes an underdog role, which channels the spirit of his hometown of Bakersfield in California's central valley, where he worked his way up from a congressional aide. "I think it's frightful what's happening and, you know, building the wall, it's in smaller stages, we can build it very quickly". "I hope that the Democrats will investigate his taxes, Russian involvement, and some other unseemly activities, but I hope their first and most important priority is the needs of the people, the needs of healing, and restoring sanity back to government", Simmons said.

But after eight years of GOP control, the tea party class of 2010 is long gone.

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