House Democrats had a slim majority in the House and it just got smaller. They are barely holding onto the majority and when they lose it, Pelosi’s job goes with it. Today GOP Rep. Julia Letlow, R-La. will be sworn in giving the Dems only a 2 vote majority.
Letlow recently won a special election to fill the seat her husband won last November. Luke Letlow died in September before he was sworn in.
The Republicans have 212 seats in the House with Letlow. The Democrats have 218. Because tie votes fail in the House, Pelosi cannot lose more than two votes from her fractured caucus to pass legislation if the GOP Reps all oppose.
Pelosi is already struggling to keep the Dems together. She is facing open revolt over Biden’s infrastructure plan. Some Dem Reps want the SALT tax deduction brought back but Biden needs that cash to keep other taxes, like the corporate rate, low enough to pass the Senate.
So far she have not presented a solution that can work with her divided caucus.
U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat who represents parts of Queens and Long Island, said “SALT is an existential issue for us.”
The dynamics in the House will change again as there with a few special elections coming up but with the GOP in control of more state redistricting than the Dems, 2022 is looking good for the GOP.
From Fox News:
A special runoff election in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District will be held on April 24 – and the two candidates facing off in the solidly blue district are both Democrats.
The race is to fill the seat of former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who stepped down to join President Biden’s administration as senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Liaison.
While May 1 will see a special election in Texas’ Republican-leaning 6th Congressional District to fill the seat of GOP Rep. Ronald Wright, who died of COVID-19 complications, there will be another special election on June 1 in New Mexico’s blue 1st Congressional District to fill the seat of former Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland, who was confirmed as interior secretary.
Another special election in a deep blue district — Ohio’s 11th — won’t be held until Nov. 2 to replace former Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, who was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary.
In the meantime, Democratic leadership has remained confident in the face of shrinking leverage.
“Frankly, we’re doing OK as Democrats as you look at this quarter,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in March.
House Democrat Majority Shrinks to Two Voteshttps://t.co/H791ESOBNj— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) April 14, 2021
NEWS: Speaker Pelosi has invited President Biden to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28. https://t.co/RoH4rRH0G1— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) April 14, 2021