Congress returns this week from a two-week recess, and Democrats will have a slim majority of only 218-212 over Republicans in the house. This will put pressure on the GOP for unity. Plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
GOP needs unity to take advantage of slim six-vote Democrat majority in the House
Democrats could be facing a tough battle when it comes to pushing their big ambitions, such as bolstering infrastructure, as well as confirming more of President Joe Biden’s nominees.
Last week, representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) died at the age of 84, and this week, Julia Letlow (R-LA) is expected to be sworn in, NBC reported. This will narrow the lead of Democrats in the House to 218-212 – a margin of only 6 votes. Therefore, for Democrats to pass a bill, they can lose no more than 2 party votes without Republican support.
The Senate is already a 50-50 split with Democrat vice president Kamala Harris as the deciding vote in a tie.
Republicans will need to unify to oppose Biden’s agenda and work toward bipartisanship and bringing more moderate Democrats to their side to negotiate against some of the more progressive ambitions.
An ace in the hole for Republicans is Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who has already called on his Democrat colleagues to practice more bipartisanship on important national issues, as well as, and most importantly, his adamant resistance to change the filibuster.
Cindy McCain to be named US ambassador to UN food program
Cindy McCain, the wife of the late and former US Senator and onetime presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ), is reportedly going to be named by President Biden as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations World Food Program, according to a report by The Hill and Politico. The reports stated that Cindy McCain has a history of working on food programs and has previously worked with the UN World Food Program.
According to unnamed sources, Cindy McCain, 66, is currently undergoing a background check and will be named along with a number of other ambassadors.
According to The Hill, McCain’s appointment would follow a tradition observed by former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton of nominating at least one person from the opposing party to a Cabinet position. Politico noted that it was only under President Trump that the tradition was broken.
Pelosi’s warning to The Squad: “You’re not a one-person show”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a word of advice for the lesser-experienced so-called “Squad” of progressive female lawmakers in the House, all of whom won reelection to their seats last November following their first two years in office.
“You’re not a one-person show,” Pelosi said when asked what advice she would offer “The Squad” during an interview with USA Today.
“This is the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi added.
Throughout the tenure of the Squad in office, Pelosi has exchanged numerous barbs with the group, The Hill reported.
The squad consists of Democratic representatives Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI).