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U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents Katy in Washington, D.C., will return to Capitol Hill with a different position than the one he held before the elections. McCaul was selected by the House Republican Conference to serve as the senior member of the GOP on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. In … ContinuedRead More
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents Katy in Washington, D.C., will return to Capitol Hill with a different position than the one he held before the elections.
McCaul was selected by the House Republican Conference to serve as the senior member of the GOP on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. In a statement released by his office, McCaul said he was honored to be selected and saluted the outgoing chairman, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R- Calif.) who will retire from Congress.
“I’d also like to recognize my fellow candidates, Congressman Joe Wilson and Ted Yoho, for all of their hard work on behalf of the American public,” McCaul said in a statement.
McCaul was previously Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Although he won reelection in the last election, enough Democrats were victorious to shift the balance of power from the Republicans in the House of Representatives. However, McCaul wouldn’t have returned to the Homeland Security leadership in any case before of a GOP term limit rule.
With the Democrats in power, McCaul will be leading Republican on the Foreign Affairs committee – known as the “Ranking Member.”
“It will be my mission to partner with (Secretary of State Michael Pompeo) and my colleagues to advance a foreign policy that promotes American leadership on the world stage,” McCaul said on his official Twitter page.
U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, will be chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. McCaul said he will be working alongside Engel in his new role as Ranking Member.
“This is a humbling opportunity and I look forward to hitting the ground running on day one,” McCaul said.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, will be the next senior Republican on McCaul’s former Homeland Security Committee.
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Texas Rep. Kay Granger will likely take over as the House Republicans’ lead appropriator in January after the GOP Steering Committee recommended her on Thursday. The full House GOP Conference is expected to ratify the decision Friday. While it’s possible the conference could overrule the Steering panel recommendation, conference approval is typically a formality. The closed-door decision … ContinuedRead More
Texas Rep. Kay Granger will likely take over as the House Republicans’ lead appropriator in January after the GOP Steering Committee recommended her on Thursday.
The full House GOP Conference is expected to ratify the decision Friday. While it’s possible the conference could overrule the Steering panel recommendation, conference approval is typically a formality.
The closed-door decision ends months of speculation about who would take the helm following the retirement of Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who announced in January that he would be leaving Congress at the end of this term — after just two years as top GOP appropriator.
Within days of his decision there was a five-way race between Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert B. Aderholt of Alabama; Energy-Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson of Idaho; Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Tom Graves of Georgia; and Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Tom Cole, as well as Granger, who leads the Defense Subcommittee.
Simpson decided not to continue on after Republicans lost control of the House during the midterm elections and the race for chairman became one for ranking member.
Granger was first elected to Congress in 1996 and became a member of the Appropriations Committee in 1999. She became ranking member of the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee in 2009. When Republicans gained control of the House in 2011, she moved into the role of subcommittee chairwoman until 2017, when she became chairwoman of the Defense Subcommittee. Granger is second in seniority among the eligible candidates for the top GOP slot on the panel, behind Aderholt.
Once the 116th Congress convenes in January, Granger will become one of the “four corners” of the Appropriations Committee — tasked with working out partisan differences with New York Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey, expected to become the panel’s first chairwoman, making for a historic all-female duo at the helm of the powerful committee. Their counterparts across the Capitol will be Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and ranking Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.
Lowey and Granger are no strangers to working together; they formed a mutual understanding during eight years as their parties’ respective negotiators on the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee. A House committee hasn’t had a chairwoman and a female ranking member at the same time since the Select Committee on the Beauty Shop was eliminated in 1977.
But before that happens, the Texas Republican will be in charge of a significant reorganization of subcommittee ranking members. Republicans are losing Commerce-Justice-Science Chairman John Culbersonof Texas and Homeland Security Chairman Kevin Yoder of Kansas after both lost re-election bids. And Granger is unlikely to hold the role of both full committee and Defense Subcommittee ranking member, opening up one of the most coveted subcommittee assignments in Congress.
That will lead to a game of musical chairs in which GOP lawmakers currently chairing committees with smaller allocations or less prestigious titles compete for the more desirable ranking member assignments.
The reshuffling will also provide three Republican appropriators who do not currently have titles with a ranking member job. Based purely on seniority that would likely be Reps. Steve Womack of Arkansas, Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. Womack, currently top Republican on the Budget Committee, would either need to step aside from that role or receive a waiver from the Standing Committee to hold both roles.
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Officials have yet to determine the winner in four House races nearly two weeks after the midterm elections. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to his GOP challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, on Sunday, drawing the final uncalled Senate race to a close. Nelson trailed Scott in a manual recount by roughly 10,000 votes. House Democrats have long since passed the … ContinuedRead More
Officials have yet to determine the winner in four House races nearly two weeks after the midterm elections.
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to his GOP challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, on Sunday, drawing the final uncalled Senate race to a close.
Nelson trailed Scott in a manual recount by roughly 10,000 votes.
House Democrats have long since passed the threshold for a majority that they haven’t held since 2010. They currently have 232 seats called in their favor with the potential to win some of those five not-yet-called races. They’re likely to finish around 234 with a 33-seat majority.
In the Senate, the GOP flipped seats in Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri — states that President Donald Trump won by double digits in 2016. But Democrats picked up seats in Nevada and Arizona.
Here are the races yet to be called as of Monday that will determine the size of the Republicans’ majority in the Senate and the Democrats’ in the House:
Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded to GOP Rep. Will Hurd on Monday in Texas’ 23rd District, where she trailed by roughly 900 votes.
A judge over the weekend struck down Ortiz Jones’ campaign’s motion to extend the provisional ballot counting deadline for people to verify their eligibility to vote.
Hurd’s victory reverses a trend of the remaining races breaking for Democrats.
Nine of the previous 10 House races that had been called by The Associated Press flipped to the Democrats after Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim in California’s 39th District. That seat is currently held by retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Democrats now control every seat in Orange County, California, once a reliable GOP stronghold.
In Georgia’s 7th District, Rep. Rob Woodall leads by less than 500 votes over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux in the Atlanta suburbs. Bourdeaux has called for a recount.
Utah Rep. Mia Love, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and is the only African-American Republican woman in the House, pulled ahead of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams by 419 votes with 96 percent of precincts reporting in the 4th District. Precincts in GOP-leaning Utah County and Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County are still reporting their results. The 0.16 percent margin separating Love and McAdams is within the 0.25 percent trigger for a recount under state law.
Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi leads Rep. Claudia Tenney by about half a percentage point in New York’s 22nd District. Tenney ran one of the most pro-Trump campaigns of any vulnerable Republican this cycle.
In New York’s 27th District, Rep. Chris Collins has clung to a lead of less than 1 percent over his Democratic challenger, Nate McMurray. McMurray was in Washington, D.C., last week for New Member Orientation but may not actually ever make it to Congress.
The Mississippi special election for the final two years of former GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s term is heading to a Nov. 27 runoff after no candidate cleared 50 percent on Election Night.
Just 1 point separated appointed GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and former Democratic Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, with Hyde-Smith ahead 41 percent to 40 percent. Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel took 16 percent of the vote.
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