The leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said the Republican Party could “control” the word in the House of Representatives if a small number of Democrats joined them in votes after the party won lower chamber seats on election day.
The California representative, who appeared on Fox News on Sunday, added that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could lose her role if 10 of the 15 Democrats who voted against her candidacy in January 2019 did so again early next year.
He also warned that there would be “internal fights” in the Democratic Party after the party was unable to build on its house majority despite the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the presidential contest.
In a speech in Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures yesterday, McCarthy said: “Well, we won’t know until January, because to be a spokesman you have to have 218 votes on the floor. When she ran for election two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her. Ten of these Democrats will return to Congress.
“If these 10 vote against her again, she will not be speaker of the House of Representatives because she will not have 218 votes due to the Republicans’ gains. We are close enough now to be able to control the floor with some Democrats who join us.
After pointing to the Republicans’ performance in important races for the House on November 3, the minority leader added that the Democratic Party’s performance could jeopardize Pelosi’s position at the head of the House.
“It has internal struggles because it has promised them that it will win enough seats to retain the majority this time and next time,” he said.
Washington Newsday has contacted Speaker Pelosi’s office to comment. This article will be updated with each response.
The minority leader of the House of Representatives warned that the GOP could control the floor of the lower chamber in the next Congress, even though it does not have an absolute majority, because Pelosi wrote to her colleagues asking them to support her in the upcoming speaker election.
“Our vision for the next two years must be to build on the success of the majority of Democrats in the 116th Congress and use the extraordinary vision, values and vitality of our Group to ensure the progress the American people deserve,” she wrote in a letter to Politico. “It is in this spirit that I write to you to ask for your support for reelection as Speaker.
The letter was sent the same day that it was reported that an appeal to the Democratic caucus became quick-tempered after centrist and progressive legislators battled over who was to blame for the party’s poor results in parliamentary elections across the country.
At the time of writing, the Republicans have lost eight seats in the House of Representatives while the Democrats have lost three, giving the GOP a net gain of five seats, with several elections still to come, according to the latest New York Times count.