The results were eagerly awaited. Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives on Wednesday after a recount of votes in the November 8 midterm elections in the United States. According to many American media forecasts, they will narrowly surpass the popular 218-seat milestone, which would give them a hold on Joe Biden’s policies until 2024 and lead to a divided Congress.
After failing to capture the Senate, the Conservative Party will have only a slim majority in the lower house, but it is far from the “giant wave” promised by Donald Trump. “The American people are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to act,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, now the favorite in the House leadership race.
Joe Biden congratulated Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday. “I will work with anyone – Republican or Democrat – who wants to work with me to take action,” the US president said in a statement. He also said that “last week’s elections demonstrated the strength and resilience of American democracy. “Those who questioned the results of the elections, political violence and threats were massively rejected.”
“In this election, voters made their concerns clear: the need to cut spending and protect our democracy,” he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — a powerful influence on the narrow Republican majority.
Democratic events in the viewfinder
This very thin Republican majority in the lower house also risks complicating his administration. With a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, Joe Biden’s party won’t be able to pass major projects in this already divided Congress. But the other side doesn’t do it either.
If Republicans regain control of both houses, they have threatened to undo some measures passed under Joe Biden. In particular, they wanted to review the funds allocated to the tax service for the recruitment of new agents or certain reforms in the world of education.
Republicans may also be more fussy about Washington’s aid to Ukraine. They also planned to attack abortion rights or gun legislation, which would have prompted Joe Biden to use his veto.
A thorn in Joe Biden’s side
The 79-year-old president won’t be forced to camp in this defensive position after all. And on the contrary, he will have to use the negotiating skills inherited from a long senatorial career to avoid the paralysis of the federal administration, the famous “shutdown”.
But the president’s outstretched hand risks hitting the red wall, the color of conservatives. Even with a slim majority in the House, Republicans would have significant oversight power, which Joe Biden has promised to use for a number of investigations into the fight against the pandemic or the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
They may also go after his son Hunter, who is accused of running businesses on his behalf in Ukraine and China. With the 2024 presidential election in sight, the Conservative Party intends to take advantage of any potential Democratic flaw. Donald Trump, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, has begun a relentless fight for the Republican Party’s nomination for the White House.