117th United States Congress

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The 117th United States Congress is the Congress that will last from January 3, 2021 to January 3, 2023. Following the 2020 U.S. House elections with the 2020 U.S. Senate elections to be yet concluded as the 2021 Georgia runoff elections are to be held on January 6, 2021, the Democratic Party is expected to narrowly hold the House by a narrow margin, though their majority has been significantly slashed following heavy losses. They only managed to gain three open House seats (two of which were due to redistricting) while losing a dozen in unexpected upsets.[1]

Current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi faces a tough fight in maintaining her position, as two incoming far-left Democrat representatives-elect have announced their hesitancy to support her.[2]

2020 U.S. House election results

See main article: United States House of Representatives elections, 2020

Following the impeachment coup against Donald Trump pushed through by House Democrats that was unpopular among voters in swing states/districts,[3][4] the campaign wing of the Democrat establishment insisted that they would expand their majority,[5] with the Cook Political Report also changing several of their predictions, marking a number of seats being in favor of the Democrats.[6][7] However, the following districts represented by mostly left-wing Democrats who ran for re-election flipped towards the GOP:

Of thirteen House Republicans whose re-election efforts were rated as "tossups" by Cook Political Report,[9] none lost in the general elections. Democrats only flipped the following open seats:

Republicans successfully held numerous open seats, including:

  • Texas' 23rd district: incumbent RINO Will Hurd of the mostly Hispanic district that had previously been more liberal retired,[28][29] and Republican nominee Tony Gonzales won the open seat in a surprise upset[30] despite nearly every election rating except for RCP considering it "Lean D (flip)"[9][31][32][33][34]
  • Texas' 24th district: despite the Cook Political Report changing its rating for the seat merely a day prior to the general election from "Tossup" to "Lean D (flip)",[7] Republican nominee Beth Van Duyne won the general election to succeed retiring Republican incumbent Kenny Marchant very narrowly[35]

Democrat circus/Republican incompetence

Following the 2021 Capitol riot, House Democrats on January 11, 2021 introduced an article of impeachment against Donald Trump, falsely claiming that he was directly responsible for the violent breaking and entering of the United States Capitol Building.[36] Several conservative Republicans led by Ken Buck and joined by Thomas Massie, Chip Roy, Nancy Mace, Tom McClintock, Kelly Armstrong, as well as Mike Gallagher poorly attempted to oppose the impeachment by sending a letter to incoming junta leader Joe Biden begging him to urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi to stop the resolution.[37] Several NeverTrump House Republicans soon announced their support for the sham measure, including John Katko (R–NY),[38] Fred Upton (R–MI),[39] Adam Kinzinger (R–IL),[40] Liz Cheney (R–WY),[41] and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R–WA).[42] They were joined by Dan Newhouse (R–WA), Anthony Gonzalez (R–OH), Peter Meijer (R–MI), Tom Rice (R–SC), and David Valadao (R–CA) in ultimately voting to impeach Trump.[43] Chip Roy (R–TX) accused Trump of committing "impeachable offenses" and was joined by globalist Moderate Republican Michael McCaul (R–TX) in suggesting such as well, though both voted against the resolution.[44] Nancy Mace (R–SC), a freshman congresswoman who won a narrow race in 2020 partially riding the coattails of Trump, blamed him for the riot though ultimately voted against the impeachment.[45]

As Democrats plotted to impeach Trump a second time, several House Republicans attempted to "compromise" between far-leftists and conservatives by introducing a resolution to officially censure Trump over the riot;[46] the resolution was introduced by Brian Fitzpatrick (PA–1), Young Kim (CA–39), Fred Upton (MI–6), Tom Reed (NY–23), Mike Gallagher (WI–8) John Curtis (UT–3), and Peter Meijer (MI–3).

Several House Republicans following the House impeachment vote announced that they would continue to support Liz Cheney being the chair of the House Republican Conference, the top third position in the House GOP. These RINO Backers, with some being strongly conservative while others moderate, included House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy,[47] House Minority Whip Steve Scalise,[47] Chip Roy,[48] Nancy Mace,[49] Carlos Gimenez,[50] Rodney Davis,[47] Michael McCaul,[47] Mike Gallagher,[47] and Dan Crenshaw.[51]

DCCC

According to Breitbart News:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) tapped Dyjuan Tatro, the former “triggerman” for Albany’s Original Gangsta Killers, or OGK, street gang to help lead efforts in protecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) slim majority in the House.

The DCCC, led by chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), hired Tatro, a former New York gang member, to serve as a senior adviser for “diversity and inclusion.” He served time for “shooting two rival gang members in 2006” and was also convicted in 2011, serving six years for racketeering conspiracy, according to the New York Post.

According to the outlet, Tatro “confessed to the shootings, and to a ‘razor slashing’ of another victim in 2002 as well as to dealing drugs,” making around $12,000 per month doing so.[52]

Covid-19

Congressional Democrats blocked a Republican bill which would require the Department of Homeland Security to test all border apprehensions for covid.[53]

References

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  2. Jacobs, Emily (December 28, 2020). Two incoming ‘Squad’ members decline to pledge support for Nancy Pelosi. NY Post. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  3. Enten, Henry (October 26, 2019). Impeachment isn’t popular in Wisconsin and these 5 other key swing states. CNN. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  4. Justice, Tristan (December 11, 2019). Impeachment Deeply Unpopular In Key Swing Congressional District. The Federalist. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  5. Wilson, Reid (August 20, 2020). House Democratic campaign leader predicts bigger majority. The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Choi, Justin (October 21, 2020). Cook Report shifts 12 House races, all but one toward Democrats. The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lillis, Mike (November 2, 2020). Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats. The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Cook Political Report (November 2, 2020). 2020 House Race Ratings | The Cook Political Report. Cook Political Report. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  10. Associated Press (November 13, 2020). Republican Young Kim wins election to U.S. House in California’s 39th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Gil Cisneros. Associated Press via WTOP News. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  11. California Secretary of State (2020). U.S. House of Representatives District 48 - Districtwide Results. California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  12. Local 10 News (2020). Big upset as former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez unseats incumbent for Congressional seat. Local 10 News. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  13. Molina, Daniel (November 3, 2020). Huge Upset! Maria Elvira Salazar Defeats Donna Shalala. The Floridian. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  14. Rivers, Amie (November 4, 2020). Ashley Hinson wins U.S. House race; Finkenauer hasn't yet conceded. The Courier. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  15. Crampton, Liz (November 4, 2020). Minnesota's Peterson voted out of Washington after 30 years. Politico. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  16. Associated Press (December 1, 2020). It's official: GOP's Nicole Malliotakis ousts Democratic Rep. Max Rose in New York. Associated Press via Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  17. Muñoz, Gabriella (November 4, 2020). Another House Democrat concedes to Republican challenger. Washington Times. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
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  23. 23.0 23.1 North Carolina Legislature (2019). HB1029 3rd Edition - 19x36_Map.pdf. NC Legislature. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
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  27. Gangitano, Alex (November 3, 2020). Democrat Kathy Manning wins open seat in North Carolina, flipping seat. The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  28. Livingston, Abby (August 1, 2019). Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd to retire from Congress after holding on to a district Democrats are desperate to flip. Texas Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  29. Oprysko, Caitlin (August 4, 2019). Will Hurd says he’s leaving Congress to help GOP become more diverse. Politico. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  30. Croix, Vanessa (November 4, 2020) .Tony Gonzales clinches House District 23 in surprise upset. KVUE. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
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  40. Sweet, Lynn (January 12, 2021). GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger will vote to impeach President Donald Trump: Where Illinois members stand. Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  41. Read Liz Cheney's full statement in support of Trump's impeachment. Politico. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  42. GOP Reps. Herrera Beutler, Newhouse speak in favor of impeachment. Washington Post via MSN. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
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  45. Phillips, Patrick (January 13, 2021). Rep. Mace votes against Trump impeachment, aides say she won’t attend Biden inauguration. WIS News 10. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  46. Two references:
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 Zanona, Melanie; Beavers, Olivia (January 21, 2021). Liz Cheney’s problems pile up. Politico. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  48. Kaplan, Rebecca (January 23, 2021). House Republicans divided as some members attempt to oust Liz Cheney. CBS News. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
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  50. https://twitter.com/RepCarlos/status/1350493164306620417
  51. Lonas, Lexi (January 13, 2021). Crenshaw defends Cheney against calls to resign: 'We can disagree without tearing each other apart'. The Hill. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  52. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/02/15/democrats-hire-ex-gang-member-to-lead-efforts-in-protecting-slim-house-majority
  53. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/03/16/democrats-block-gop-bill-to-test-illegal-immigrants-for-coronavirus/