Senate and House GOP Pick Congressional Leaders - as Showdown Over Pelosi Simmers

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Scott's participation in the photo op - walking and talking like an elected USA senator - is a show of force by McConnell and Republicans a day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Nelson appeared together in Washington about 20 feet away from McConnell's office.

House Republicans have selected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve as minority leader in the next Congress, choosing the California Republican who was a key architect of the 2010 GOP wave.

The entire House will elect a new speaker in January. The next minority leader will have to decide whether and when the GOP minority might work to find common ground with Democrats and could also come under increased scrutiny from the President as the administration itself goes under a microscope in the new Democratic-controlled House. "That unity has been our strength, and it will continue to be as strong as ever in the 116th Congress", he said.

McCarthy made his pitch for the job to House Republicans in a recent letter, saying he's is in the best position to lead the party against a Democratic majority, NPR reported. Lisa Murkowski stepped away from her post after losing a primary challenge.

Jordan and McCarthy encountered questions and finger-pointing during a private meeting with GOP lawmakers Tuesday night as the party sorted through the midterm defeat that put House Democrats in the majority for the next two years.

While his 2015 run to replace Boehner was derailed by opposition from conservatives, McCarthy benefited Wednesday from the fact that he only needed a simple majority of House Republicans' support, and not 218 votes on the House floor. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, are all in their 70s. "He did it in IN and his colleagues seem to like the idea of putting a Marine on the job for them in 2020". Rice said she feels the same way about Hoyer and Clyburn. "This is not an age thing". The American people demand it.

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Clark was soon touring with country legend Hank Williams and first played the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, according to his publicist. Clark even headlined a tour in the Soviet Union in 1976, when that was still a rare opportunity for American performers.

"There's overwhelming support for leader Pelosi to be speaker of the House", Rep. "And we don't even give her a gold watch".

However, Republicans retained control of the Senate. John Thune of South Dakota. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip, is being forced out by term limits. They added Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa as vice chairman of the Republican Conference to what had been an all-male team.

According to Grassley's staff, no Iowan has served as Senate pro tempore since Sen.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was named minority whip and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming became the House Republican Conference Chair as her father former Vice President Dick Cheney, sporting a cowboy hat, looked on from the room.

Also on Wednesday, Iowa's junior U.S. Sen. Schumer, meanwhile, vowed to relentlessly pressure the Republican majority to ensure the bills his party will pass in the lower chamber on issues like voting rights become law.

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