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Republicans win majority in the US House; Biden congratulates opposition

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O Capitólio, sede do Congresso americano: oposição alcançou número mínimo de 218 assentos para tomar controle da Câmara, mas democratas mantiveram maioria no Senado

The Capitol, seat of the US Congress: opposition reached a minimum number of seats for to take control of the House, but Democrats maintained a majority in the Senate| Photo: EFE/EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Eight days after the midterms, the presidential midterm elections in the United States , the partial figures released by the American press indicated this Wednesday (17) that the opposition to President Joe Biden will have a majority in the House of Representatives in the next legislature, which will take office in early January.

According to projections, Republican Mike Garcia won the seat of 89 th district of California, making the Republican Party reach the minimum number of 218 seats needed to control the house.

The Democratic Party, Biden’s caption, has so far guaranteed 208 chairs. With nine seats still undefined, the ruling party is no longer able to maintain the majority it holds in the current legislature.

However, the Democrats had already secured control of the Senate with victories in Nevada and Arizona. The party has guaranteed for the time being 15 chairs in the house and the republicans, 59 – unlike the Chamber, where all 60 Seats were up for grabs in the midterms, only about a third of Senate seats were up for a vote this year .

Although there is still an open dispute in Georgia (which will have a second round on December 6), Biden’s caption has already secured a majority in the house because in cases of a tie it has the casting vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.

In a statement released shortly after confirmation that Democrats had lost control of the House, Biden congratulated (current) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and said he was “ready to work with House Republicans mara to deliver results for working families”.

“In this election, voters clearly expressed their concerns: the need to reduce costs, protect the right to choose and preserve our democracy. As I said last week, the future is too bright to be stuck in a political war,” said the president. “And I will work with anyone – Republican or Democrat – willing to work with me to deliver results for the American people.”

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