House Democrats only have a two-vote majority in Congress after Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La) was sworn in this morning.
Letlow was sworn in today after her husband, Luke Letlow, died in September from COVID-19 before he was to join the 117th Congress as a Republican.
This gives Republicans 212 seats in the House, catching up to Democrats’ 218. Since tie votes fail in the House, that means Democrats cannot lose more than two votes from their party to pass legislation if the GOP fully opposes them.
That slim margin of error could prevent Democrats from passing more progressive bills that moderates in their party may not support.
There are a few special elections coming up in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Ohio which may help Democrats maintain a more comfortable majority.
In Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, a special runoff election is being held on April 24 in a solidly blue district.
On May 1, the Republican-leaning 6th district of Texas will hold a special election to fill Rep. Ron Wright’s (R) seat. Wright passed away from COVID-19 complications in February.
June 1 will see a special election in New Mexico’s blue 1st Congressional district to replace Democrat Debra Haaland.
Another special election will take place in Ohio’s blue 11th district on Nov 2.
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Will it Finally Happen? Pelosi Invites Biden to Deliver State of the Union Address
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Joe Biden inviting him to address a Joint Session of Congress on April 28.
The letter reads in part, “Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way.’ Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!”
The precise date of Biden’s joint address remained something of a mystery up until Tuesday. Biden had suggested in January that he would give his address the next month as usual, but that date came and went with the White House stating it was never set in stone. Pelosi said in February Biden’s address wouldn’t be until after the $1.9 trillion relief bill passed Congress, which happened last month.
Earlier this month, when asked if she would be inviting the president to speak before Congress, Speaker Pelosi said she would be inviting him “soon,” however, “part of the decision in that regard is in the hands of the Capitol physician, as well as the Sergeants at Arms.”
The late-April date means Biden has waited longer than any other modern-day commander-in-chief to give his State of the Union address. President Trump delivered his on Feb. 28, 2017, and President Obama delivered his on Feb. 24, 2009. President George W. Bush’s first State of the Union address was on January 29, 2002.