Steny Hoyer, the majority leader in the House, said on Wednesday he was “certainly concerned” by the fact that House Republicans have so far turned 12 blue seats into red, reducing the majority of Democrats on the board and leaving little room for error for President-elect Joe Biden to legislate. pushes its priorities through Congress.
These concerns were compounded by Biden’s election of members of the House to his administration. These members shall be replaced by special elections and vacancies shall be left temporarily. Biden’s latest election was Marcia Fudge, of D-Ohio, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“I am definitely concerned about leaning the majority. I signaled to the administration early on that I would like to be very careful about the members appointed from Congress, given the proximity of our majority,” Hoyer, D-Md, said.
The veteran lawmaker, however, said he still believes Democrats will be able to take over their priorities, even though the thin edge of their bodies may become a little milder as the administration disfigures members of the House of Representatives.
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“We will be a very unified electorate like we did at last Congress,” Hoyer continued. “In many of our bills, as you probably know, we passed them unanimously without losing democratic votes. And in others [lost] only a few. But I think members will focus on how close the majority is now or in the future. “
Many Republicans have expressed optimism about the House at the upcoming Congress after winning nine seats on Monday after the GOP is projected to lose double-digit seats before election day. They say they believe they can sometimes form a coalition with moderate Democrats to block progressive priorities or even pass bills.
Kevin McCarthy, the House’s minority leader in California, said “Sunday Morning Futures” at the end of last Sunday that Republicans may be able to “join us with five or six more Democrats, and then we can run.”
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There are still two races that haven’t been invited since Monday, one in Iowa and one in New York. The small margins and challenges in these tournaments prevented Fox News from officially adding seats to the numbers for both parties. As things stand, the majority of Democrats in the House are 222-211, with two uninvited races.
Hoyer also addressed a variety of topics in comments outside the camera, including negotiations on the coronavirus and the fact that a majority of Republicans still disagreed with Biden’s election as elected president.
“It’s time for the President and supporters of the United States to focus on stabilizing our democracy,” Hoyer said. “It’s a very sad scene that we’re assessing.”
Fox News Chad Pergram, Jason Donner and Talia Kaplan contributed to the report.