Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

If the president’s party can only hold one house of Congress, the Senate is the one to hold.

The Senate is tasked with approving White House appointments, including cabinet secretaries, federal judges, and most importantly, Supreme Court justices. With the Democrats holding the majority for the next two years, Joe Biden he was once again guaranteed the possibility of his cabinet secretaries and judges being confirmed for government posts. That will increase the chances that Biden’s legislative achievements — and those of future Democratic presidents — will survive court challenges.

But if the House falls to Republicans, Biden’s days of big legislation may be over, at least for now. The House GOP leadership has shown little interest in working with the president, and it is unlikely that any of their bills will make it through the Senate and reach the president’s desk. Control of the House also gives the GOP the ability to conduct investigations and issue subpoenas. Expect him to do so to officials involved in the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, and Hunter Biden.

Key events

Counting continues in House races as Democrats’ hopes of staying in the chamber fade

Good morning, readers of the American political blog. Ballots are still being counted in the races that will determine control of the House of Representatives, and things are not going in the Democrats’ direction. They are trailing in the few districts needed to secure control of the lower house of Congress for two more years, which would be an unprecedented victory for Joe Bidenallies, if they succeed. Over the weekend, Democrats secured enough seats to retain their majority in the Senate. Maybe today we will find out if they have votes for the same in the House of Representatives.

Here’s what else is happening today:

  • Joe Biden he just finished a meeting with the Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, and in the next few minutes he will make comments and answer questions from journalists.

  • Congress returns for the first time since the midterm elections, and Democrats have a stack of bills they’d like to get through before the end of the year, including a government funding bill, codifying same-sex marriage and reforming election laws to prevent another Jan. 6.

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence talked about his experience during the attack on the Capitol and his relationship with Donald Trump in an interview with ABC News.