House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sees her power in the House further diminished since the death of 84-year-old Rep. Alcee Hastings (D_Fla.), 84, who leaves his seat vacant.
The Democratic Party currently has only six more representatives than the Republican Party, subjecting it to the narrowest gap on record since the 1940s, according to Fox News April 8.
The majority in the House of Representatives has allowed Pelosi to pass controversial leftist agenda bills without needing any Republican votes. Still, now losing only a few votes from her co-partisans, she would have to negotiate with the Republicans.
The House Majority Leader himself, Democrat Steny Hoyer, expressed concern about the slim margin since Republicans picked up numerous seats in the Nov. 3 election.
“I’m certainly concerned by the slimming of the majority. I indicated to the administration very early on that I wanted them to be very careful in terms of the members that they appointed from Congress,” Hoyer said in December, according to a tweet from journalist Manu Raju.
"I’m certainly concerned by the slimming of the majority. I indicated to the administration very early on that I wanted them to be very careful in terms of the members that they appointed from Congress,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says, per @DaniellaMicaela
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 9, 2020
The Republicans’ strong campaign to win back seats in last year’s elections yielded 15 more in their favor, capsizing the majority Democrats already held.
Now Republican leaders, largely backed by former U.S. President Trump, are planning their strategy to win back many representatives and overwhelm the Democrats.
For his part, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Representative Tom Emmer, promised, “We are going to recall Speaker Pelosi once and for all,” while announcing the strategy to be used for the 2022 elections.
“Midterm elections are historically checks on the party in power, and I believe that’s going to be bad news for House Democrats,” Emmer projected, according to Fox News.
And he cautioned, “It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to finish the job that we started.” After the strong recovery of seats resulting from the Nov. 3 vote, there are only five more to go to gain back control, lost in 2018.
Statistics point out that the president’s party loses 25 seats in mid-term elections, so the goal does not seem so difficult to achieve next year for the Republicans.
Likewise, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Trump to plan the execution of the corresponding plan.
McCarthy wrote on his website, “A united conservative movement will strengthen the bonds of our citizens and uphold the freedoms our country was founded on.”
He added: “Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022. A Republican majority will listen to our fellow Americans and solve the challenges facing our nation.”
He also said, “For the sake of our country, the radical Democrat agenda must be stopped.”
Expressing that Democrats had only insisted on dividing the country by pushing for Trump’s impeachment as if he were president, when in fact he was already a private citizen, in addition to “destroying blue-collar energy jobs.”