After a delay of several weeks, the democrats have finally elected a new House leadership team. Now with the leadership on both sides confirmed, republicans are talking more about their legislative priorities for the next congress. Fox News senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel has more from Capitol Hill.
It’s official, Nancy Pelosi survives another leadership challenge. The longtime House democratic leader fending off a bid from Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, following disappointing results for democrats in the last two election cycles.
“Never again will we have an election where there’s any doubt in anyone’s mind where the democrats are when it comes to America’s working families.”
Ryan got 63 votes to Pelosi’s 134, but many democrats have long pushed for a change at the top, arguing that the party’s message is no longer resonating with rural voters.
“I believe it in my heart, if we’re going to win as democrats we need to have an economic message that resonates in every corner of this country.”
Now with the leadership in both parties set, the focus turns to next year’s legislative priorities. Republicans say they’ll pursue a pro-business agenda aimed at growing the economy and also expect to pass an aid package to help Flint, Michigan, address its tainted water system.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan says repealing and replacing Obamacare remains the GOP’s top priority in the new congress and they’ll work with Congressman Tom Price — tapped by president-elect Trump as the next HSH secretary — to do that within the first hundred days.
“This law is raising deductibles so high it doesn’t even feel like they have insurance, so we have to bring Obamacare relief as fast as we possibly can in 2017 and that is our plan.”
Also high on the agenda for congressional republicans… passing an interim spending bill to keep the federal government funded.
On Capitol Hill, Mike Emanuel.