Ernst, first elected in 2014, is the first woman to serve in Republican leadership since 2010.
"I may only be three heartbeats away from the Oval Office, but my heart is and always will be in Iowa and here in the U.S. Senate, where I've worked for the people of Iowa and our nation for 38 years", Grassley said in a statement Wednesday. But the California Republican, who is an ally of President Donald Trump, must fend off a challenge from conservative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
After defeating Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the conservative House Freedom Caucus co-founder, McCarthy will be tested by Republicans on and off Capitol Hill who remain angry and divided after their midterm losses, and split over how best to move forward.
McCarthy finally wins the top House GOP position, though it came without the Speaker's gavel. "We have a lot of room to grow", he said.
Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate, but 14 federal and two state governorship races remain undecided more than a week later. The Russia investigation also plays into this conundrum; Schumer has said that if acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker doesn't recuse himself from oversight of the investigation, they will push to include a bill protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He did not criticize Mr. Trump's style, though, saying that the president has racked up some bipartisan accomplishments, including work on sentencing reform.
While frustration at upward mobility is a widespread gripe among House Democrats, and even some of Pelosi's supporters acknowledge there is not a deep bench to replace her, no one else is yet running for House Speaker.
As minority leader, McCarthy will become the most visible face of opposition to the incoming Democratic majority.
A separate source confirmed to CNN that Jordan is interested in the ranking member position on the Judiciary Committee in order to check Democratic investigations that will be led by Rep.
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McCarthy raised more than $60 million for Republicans this midterm cycle, more than any majority leader in history, and campaigned with 75 members of Congress and 22 candidates across 46 states, according to his staff.
Her opponents, eager for new leadership, are arguing she does not have enough support to pass a full House vote.
Nowhere were the stakes higher than in Orange County, a one-time Republican stronghold where Democrats claimed several GOP-held House seats.
Democratic gains in governor's races this year might have been the party's biggest victory. "It's time that we take accountability into our hands".
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Many Republicans side with Jordan's theory, which is that Republicans, despite a GOP monopoly on power in Washington, lost because they didn't "do what we said" - including delivering Trump's priority to build the border wall with Mexico.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot previous year during practice for the annual Congressional baseball game, will remain McCarthy's top deputy as Minority Whip, and Liz Cheney will be the conference chairwoman, a position her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, held three decades ago.