While the faces of Democratic Senate leadership remained largely the same, Republicans saw a shake-up due to term limits and retirements.
Few, if any, House Democrats were publicly using the "I" word after the Republicans' devastating political losses in what the Founding Fathers called "the people's house".
"We have a significant number of votes", Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said after the Democrats' Wednesday morning conference meeting. Some in the meeting said Republicans should have tried harder to fulfill Trump's priorities, like funding for the wall with Mexico. "But there's an opportunity for us to come together and get single-focused on the message".
- Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY joined a large protest on Tuesday at the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Yet there he was at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's left shoulder when the Kentucky Republican welcomed GOP senators who will take their seats in January when the new Congress is sworn in.
McCarthy and Scalise were flanked at the press conference by new Republican conference chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who will fill the position her father held three decades ago; conference vice chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina; conference secretary Jason Smith of Missouri; and policy committee chairman Gary Palmer of Alabama, the first conservative House Freedom Caucus member to hold a leadership position.
He won a new term by acclamation Wednesday. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will replace Utah Sen.
Jordan promised that if elected, he will combat GOP "business as usual".
"Come on in, the water's warm", she said.
Senate Democrats are keeping their team headed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, even though one of the two new Democratic senators-elect, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, has said she wouldn't vote for him. GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is widely expected to keep his job.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., another leading opponent of Pelosi's bid for House speakership, said that the now-minority leader could possibly be elected speaker if other changes are made in the ranks of Democratic leadership.
Lawmakers elected to new positions include South Dakota Sen.
But, echoing the demands of the activists from the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez also said the committee needs to have "a mandate to draft a Green New Deal plan by 2020" and "not have officials appointed to it that accept fossil fuel industry contributions". Roy Blunt of Missouri will round out the team, and Cornyn will still have a seat at McConnell's table of counselors. "I think it's one of those scenarios that is a little bit challenging", Rep. -elect Kendra Horn of Oklahoma said.
Sen. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, was elected chair of the Senate Republican campaign operation, the National Republican Senate Committee.
Some might call a group of people rallying in support of a cause a rally, but, online it was labeled a protest, and of course, Ocasio-Cortez was immediately attacked for a variety of reasons-not waiting her turn, not aligning with a party leader, etc.
Pelosi's office released a letter from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry saying the minority leader had demonstrated her support for the union's key issues, including increasing the minimum wage and improving Medicare and Medicaid.