Democrat Nancy Pelosi became the new House Speaker on Thursday after Democrats took control of the House.
Two hundred twenty votes elected Pelosi, who already was House Speaker between 2007 and 2011, while Republican Kevin McCarthy had the support of 192 members of Congress.
Pelosi and the Democrats will now have the opportunity to investigate Trump’s connections with Russia during the 2016 presidential elections.
“Guided by the vision and values of our Founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the aspirations that we have for our children, let us meet that responsibility with courage, with wisdom and with grace,” said Pelosi.
We have heard from too many families who wonder, in this time of innovation and globalization, if they have a place in the economy of the future. We must remove all doubt that they do, and say to them: we will have an economy that works for you. #ForThePeople
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 3, 2019
On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) laid out the terms for taking up legislation to end the current government shutdown on Wednesday.
“Let me say it again: The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature,” McConnell said.