GOP lawmakers to take seats after special election wins

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference on the upcoming budget reforms and legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington

House Minority Leader Pelosi holds a news conference on the upcoming budget reforms and legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington Thomson Reuters

Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive congressional election in history, with spending expected to have topped $50 million.

The dual swearing-in ceremony returned Republicans to full strength in the chamber at 241 seats after the party won four special elections to replace GOP lawmakers who left the House to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

She later added, "T$3 hese people were against me last November". She also pledged to do better for veterans.

The Ossoff campaign hired hundreds of staffers that went door to door in the Atlanta suburbs in an attempt to win over Republicans who weren't supportive of Trump's agenda so far in the presidency.

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Warmbier's parents have been fighting for the release of their son, a University of Virginia student, since his arrest. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier , say they were told he had been in the coma for over a year.

Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D., La.) refused three times to answer whether Pelosi should stay on as House Democratic leader.

Norman told his colleagues that "we've got such an opportunity and I look forward to playing a part in working with you to move this country forward".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Democrats' problem isn't one of ideology, but rather their ineffectiveness in getting the party's message across. Ryan's challenge to Pelosi showed many Democrats are exhausted of Pelosi's failed leadership and that Pelosi, as the poster child of their party, was costing Democrats in elections - including the presidential election, during which her name, placards of her face and recordings of her words were used on TV, stump speeches and elsewhere.

The only remaining House vacancy is a Los Angeles seat formerly held by Democrat Xavier Becerra, who resigned in January to become California's attorney general.

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