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Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package

09 November 2018

The president name-checked several GOP candidates who lost Tuesday.

"I want him out of office", said Aprille Evans-Wright, 73, a mobile home park manager in Reno, Nevada, who responded to the poll.

But in Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams - who was hoping to become the first black female governor in the United States - refused to concede as her Republican opponent Brian Kemp took a commanding lead after a bitter campaign.

"Republican gerrymanders likely minimized the damage, preventing even more GOP losses", said Costas Panagopoulos, a political scientist at Northeastern University. As of Wednesday, unofficial returns showed the GOP with a 63-35 Assembly advantage and a 19-14 Senate edge.

Ms Pelosi - who is set to become speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 - told supporters: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

The nationwide tally from the midterm elections heavily favored Democrats, whose House candidates in 2018 received almost 6 million more votes than their Republican counterparts - more than twice the 2.8 million margin that Hillary Clinton claimed over Trump in the popular vote in 2016.

The Democrat's majority in the House, which has seen a record number of female and racially diverse lawmakers being elected, will prove to be a major hindrance for President Donald Trump and his policies. And it seems highly unlikely any Republican will vote for the woman their party has demonized in thousands of campaign ads. For her part, Pelosi has said that without bipartisan support, Democrats are unlikely to pursue impeachment charges against the president, although that too could change.

After Tuesday's election, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's return to her former speaker seat has been assumed, but Rep. Tim Ryan Thursday morning said that her return to power has yet to be determined.

Trump named Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, saying he would soon nominate a permanent replacement for review by the Senate.

Not only was this midterm not as damaging, but there was no single unifying cause - beyond simply opposing Trump - that mobilised the Democratic base in the way the Tea Party did for Republicans in 2010. "I'm not a big fan of yours, either, to be honest", he said.

Kennedy, host of "Kennedy" on Fox Business Network, said President Trump endorsed Rep. Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker because she's the "perfect foil for him". "You are a rude, awful person". And when PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked whether he thought his rhetoric, including use of the term "nationalist" emboldened white nationalists, he called it "such a racist question". "I feel like I should sacrifice a goat to take the hex off what you just said", he added.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level", the president said on Twitter.

"They can play that game", he said. "Donald Trump may not like hearing it, but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable".

Trump said last month he wanted Congress to cut taxes by about 10 percent for middle-income people after the midterm elections, though he has yet to offer specifics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaking to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 7, 2018. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Kathleen Rice of New York, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Bill Foster of Illinois, Brian Higgins of New York, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Marcia Fudge of OH, and Tim Ryan of Ohio.

Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package