Although the ‘red wave’ election did not happen, the GOP flipped enough seats to gain a small majority in the House of Representatives.
Republicans in the US have regained control of the House of Representatives, gaining a majority in the mid-term elections that caused the party to defy expectations.
The Associated Press has announced that Republican Mike Garcia is the winner of California’s 27th congressional district, giving the GOP 218 seats, en route to a majority in the congressional minority.
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy could become speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes early next year, after his party nominated him to the post on Tuesday. He will replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi who has held the gavel since 2019.
Although the “red wave” that was expected to win the Republicans was not achieved, the Republican candidates were able to get at least five seats in the House in the November 8 midterm, eliminating the minority of the Democrats.
The Democrats were able to move a few states, but they lost all the money, and lost major races in New York, Florida and other states. The post-Census 2020 re-registration has given preference to many areas in the country.
Even if the polls don’t go well, control of the House will allow Republicans to stop President Joe Biden’s legislative actions. In the United States, bills must pass the House and Senate and be approved by the President to become law.
The Democrats kept it Control of the Senate after incumbents in Arizona and Nevada won the election, and the seat turned in Pennsylvania. They also have a chance to expand their slim majority as Georgia’s Senate race heads to a close next month.
Controlling the House would allow Republicans to open criminal investigations of their rivals, including foreign business dealings with the president’s son, Hunter Biden, a matter that Democrats say is baseless.
The Republican House will also dissolve the group investigating the riots that took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump occupied the building in an attempt to block the confirmation of Biden’s victory.
Civil rights activists also fear that far-right Republican lawmakers accused of promoting racism and subverting democracy, including Congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene, could be given positions in the new Congress.
But without the Senate, Republicans cannot pass their legislation without the support of Democrats. In addition, the President can veto bills passed by Congress. Lawmakers can override the veto with a two-thirds majority in each chamber.
So with this, Washington is headed for gridlock, and Mr. Biden will have to rely on unilateral actions to advance his policies.