On the House side, Rep. Kevin McCarthy was elected Minority Leader. "Doable. Not what you want sometimes, what's doable", said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, who will attend the White House meeting along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senator John Thune, the No 3 Republican. "If there are variables and things that are offered to us of course we'll consider them, but I think our position is pretty sound and understandable". "And that's job No. 1 in getting back to the majority". "Porter's campaign ― focused on unifying Californians and checking President Trump ― was pitch ideal for riding this national wave all the way from a Republican district in California to the seat of power in Washington". Mr. Trump calls him "My Kevin", and McCarthy's name is sometimes mentioned as a potential replacement if the president were to replace his chief of staff. In recent weeks, McCarthy has taken a harder line on issues such as immigration; he proposed a bill last month to provide full funding to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a campaign promise and passion project for President Trump. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), flipped a GOP-held seat in California's traditionally Republican Orange County.
"We're all about new ideas", Walker said.
While on election night the much-touted "blue wave" appeared not to have materialized, Democrats have since continued to make significant gains in the House and governor's mansions around the country while managing to fight off Republican attempts to strengthen their hold on the Senate in this year's midterm elections.
"History is against us", he said. He did not criticize Mr. Trump's style, though, saying that the president has racked up some bipartisan accomplishments, including work on sentencing reform. Two Republican women were defeated by candidates he supported, and both were replaced by Democratic women, said spokeswoman Rachel Nagler. Debbie Stabenow of MI was re-elected as Democratic policy committee chair.
Cornyn added: "I think we ought to try to be a little bit more pragmatic about how much money can reasonably be spent to do what the president wants to do within the time period the appropriation is created to cover". Though the tax cut lowered overall rates, it hurt wealthy taxpayers and property owners in high-tax, Democrat-run jurisdictions because it capped the state and local tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and USA taxpayers.
"There's overwhelming support for leader Pelosi to be speaker of the House", Rep.
GOP Rep. Peter King of NY rose to object, saying his view was that Republicans lost ground over the GOP tax cuts that reduced deductions for some filers. "I think we've taken a position which is reasonable, we've given this administration more money than they can spend, and I don't see it", Durbin said.
Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running unopposed for the position of Republican conference chair, the third-ranking position in the leadership hierarchy with Republicans in the minority.