Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas, contended that their private conversations revealed that Pelosi would soon learn that she lacked backing within the full House to be elected speaker next year - despite her confidence that she would lock down the necessary support. "Senate Democrats are committed to fighting to make those ideas a reality in this upcoming Congress". "That unity has been our strength, and it will continue to be as strong as ever in the 116th Congress", he said.
GOP Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was gravely wounded in last year's congressional baseball practice shooting and is running unopposed for another term in leadership, said McCarthy "knows what he needs to do" to win over his colleagues - and win back the majority - and is well-positioned to do both. Republicans, he said, "need to do a better job of letting people know what we stand for".
Two Democrats leading the rebellion against Nancy Pelosi were bullish Tuesday evening about their efforts to stop her from winning the speakership, promising to soon reveal that they had enough support to cause a major shake-up at the top of their caucus.
Senate Democrats are keeping their team headed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY even though one of the two new Democratic senators-elect, Kyrsten Sinema (SIN'-uh-muh) of Arizona, has said she wouldn't vote for him. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, are all in their 70s.
Hoyer has been playing second fiddle to Nancy Pelosi for years, and many think she will resume her role as speaker despite some protestations from within Democratic ranks about wanting a fresh face in the position. It's not a gender thing.
"This election cycle really was about delivering a check to this administration, and it would be quite disappointing if we do not do that for the people", Democratic Representative-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota told a news conference in Washington. No. 2 Democratic leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and No. 3 leader Jim Clyburn, D-Md., have served under Pelosi for years. They're promising a letter from those members, and on Wednesday evening HuffPost reported that 17 Democrats are now signed onto the letter, roughly enough to keep her from becoming speaker if they all oppose Pelosi on the floor. Rice said they have the requisite signatures, but did not provide a date for releasing the letter.
According to a tally by CNN, there are 10 incoming freshmen and 13 returning incumbents who have publicly vowed to oppose Pelosi's bid for leadership.
For now, Republicans will retain their dominance in both chambers, although Democrats are already ramping up challenges to their partisan rivals and Republican President Donald Trump.
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota was selected as the majority whip, according to his spokesman.
In California, Republican Young Kim, who would have been the first Korean American woman elected to Congress, is also in a race that is too close to call. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will replace Utah Sen. "I'm not quite sure that he has the full confidence of the entire Republican party", she said.
Trump says this because the Republicans could secure their seats in Senate.
It's a tough spot: Many new incoming members are from swing or GOP-leaning districts, and if they use their first vote in the House to back Pelosi after indicating they didn't want to that puts them in a tough spot from the get-go for reelection.
Last week, the president said Democratic investigations could backfire. McConnell said that such legislation is unnecessary because he doesn't think Mueller's probe is in danger.
"I'm just trying to figure out what's going on", said Rep. -elect Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., a former member of the state legislature.