Nancy Pelosi was re-elected Sunday as President of the US House of Representatives. The 80-year-old Democrat won by a narrow majority in the first session of the new US Congress.
Five members of the Democratic Party have decided not to support Pelosi. Yet 216 votes were enough to defeat his Republican opponent Kevin McCarthy (209 votes).
After the November election, Democrats in the House of Representatives will have to deal with a smaller majority. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrats in the House, said he hoped the new Congress could overcome divisions between Democrats and Republicans. “We can then start a new chapter of cooperation between the two sides.”
A group of ten senators on both sides urged colleagues on Sunday to respect the election results as Congress faces the task of ratifying the presidential election results on Wednesday. They launched their appeal after eleven Republican senators announced they wanted to end it. The eleven senators hope to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s victory from being officially declared on Wednesday.
Tuesday elections in Georgia again
The senatorial elections will be held again Tuesday in Georgia. Then two seats are divided. This is a very important election, as a profit from Biden could give him a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
It is important that Democrats win both seats, Republicans only need one seat to retain a majority.