Heir apparent to Nancy Pelosi’s leadership position in the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said that his party will “absolutely” defend Joe Biden in the House next year as the GOP takes charge of oversight committee hearings and investigations.
Jeffries appeared on the Sunday broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union” where host Jake Tapper referred to plans announced by House Republicans to investigate Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, the origins of the COVID pandemic, and FBI abuse and overreach. Tapper asked Jeffries what he saw his role as when it comes to defending the Biden administration.
The New York Congressman said that Democrats will “absolutely defend the Biden administration and his track record of success.” He added that he anticipates Biden will come “under assault by people attempting to politicize our governmental responsibilities.”
Incoming House Democrat leader (and election denier) Hakeem Jeffries says Democrats "will absolutely defend the Biden administration and his track record of success" when asked about Republican oversight into the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, COVID origins, etc. pic.twitter.com/nPTD8nF9VT
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Jeffries said that Democrats will “strongly and vigorously be involved in pushing back against any effort at overreach by the extreme MAGA Republican wing of the House Republican Conference.”
Even though he called non-establishment America First Republicans “extreme,” he said that he expects his party to “continue to try to find common ground” when they can. He said that Americans from around the nation “want to see that happen.” How long that attitude lasts remains to be seen.
Even though the “red wave” Republicans had expected and hoped for in the midterm elections did not materialize, the GOP is ensured of retaking control of the House with a small majority. With Republicans holding somewhere between 218 and 221 seats, it remains unclear if current Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will be elected by the minimum 218 votes needed to become the next House Speaker.
Whoever becomes the next Speaker, it is certain that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be handing over the gavel. Additionally, she announced last week that she will not seek a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus when the next Congress is seated on January 3, 2023.
Jeffries has announced that he intends to seek his party’s appointment as the next Minority House Leader. So far, no other House Democrats have said they intend to run against him.