Republicans Win U.S House Majority, Setting Stage For Divided Government.. Republicans have gained a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. This set the stage for two consecutive years of divided government, as President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party controlled the Senate.
Biden’s election victory grants Republicans the ability to derail or deny his agenda and launch potentially damaging probes into his family and administration.
After more than a week’s ballot counting, the final call vote was held on Wednesday, November 16, with media projections showing that Republicans had won 218 of the House seats.
Kevin McCarthy, the party’s House leader, will face a difficult road ahead. He will need to keep his caucus together on crucial votes such as funding the government at a time when Donald Trump is running for the White House.
“Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver,” McCarthy said on Twitter.
The loss takes away some of Biden’s power in Washington but on Wednesday he congratulated McCarthy and said he would work across the aisle to deliver results.
“The American people want us to get things done for them,” Biden said in a statement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Democrats “will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda – with strong leverage over a scant Republican majority.”