Hakeem Jeffries elected as new House Democratic leader

House Democrats just officially elected Hakeem Jeffries as House minority leader, making him the most powerful Democrat in the House.

Jeffries is the first Black congressional leader in history. At 52, he is 31 years younger than former leader Nancy Pelosi and 20 years younger than his counterpart in the Senate, the majority leader, Chuck Schumer.

House Democrats have been voting for their new leaders in a closed-door session. Jeffries, who was formerly caucus chair, ran unopposed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hakeem Jeffries unanimously elected leader of House Democrats, will be 1st Black person to lead major party in Congress.

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 30, 2022

Key events

Joe Biden is speaking now at the Department of Interior’s Tribal Summit, a gathering of tribal leaders from across the country.

Biden is talking about investments in Native American communities, including $32bn that came from the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus aid package, and infrastructure investment from Biden’s infrastructure bill that was passed last year. Biden said that funding was “long overdue”.

“We’re putting it to work together,” he said.

Biden also announced new initiatives and investments to support tribal nations, including $135m to move communities at risk of flooding and a request for $9.1bn to aid health services for Native American communities. He also said that he signed a memorandum that improves consultation between federal agencies and tribal nations, including created standards for policy and releasing best practicies.

“Consultation has to be a two-way, nation-to-nation exchange,” Biden said. “Federal agencies should strive to reach consensus among tribes and there should be adequate time for ample communications.”

Hakeem Jeffries elected as new House Democratic leader

House Democrats just officially elected Hakeem Jeffries as House minority leader, making him the most powerful Democrat in the House.

Jeffries is the first Black congressional leader in history. At 52, he is 31 years younger than former leader Nancy Pelosi and 20 years younger than his counterpart in the Senate, the majority leader, Chuck Schumer.

House Democrats have been voting for their new leaders in a closed-door session. Jeffries, who was formerly caucus chair, ran unopposed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hakeem Jeffries unanimously elected leader of House Democrats, will be 1st Black person to lead major party in Congress.

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 30, 2022

Pete Aguilar, 43, of California, was just elected House Democratic chair, the third-highest leadership position among Democrats.

The meeting is closed-door, though a few reporters are inside reporting on the happenings, including that people starting chanting “Petey-Pie” when Aguilar was confirmed as chair.

Fun Aguilar moment —

Rep. Dan Kildee just let everybody know that Rep. Pete Aguilar’s grandmother and aunts call him “Petey-Pie.”

So naturally, the room started chanting Petie Pie

Your new caucus chair, folks!

— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) November 30, 2022

David Cicilline, a Democrat House member from Rhode Island, just announced he will challenge Jim Clyburn, currently majority whip, to be assistant leader for House Democrats.

Clyburn has been the whip, usually the third most senior position, for the Dems since 2007. Clyburn, 82, declined to run for minority leader, saying that he sensed an “evolution” in leadership.

In a letter to House Democrats, Cicilline, who is gay, said that there needs to be better LGBTQ+ representation in leadership.

“I think it’s critical that the House Democratic Leadership team fully reflect the diversity of our caucus and the American people by including an LGBTQ+ member at the leadership table,” he wrote. “Over the past six years, we have seen an alarming rise of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community while state legislators across the country have worked to strip away our rights.”

Given Clyburn’s long-standing position in House leadership, Cicilline’s announcement is unexpected, especially since it comes just a day before House Democrats are expected to vote on assistant leader.

Cicilline challenging Clyburn is very unexpected. The caucus is planning to vote on the assistant leader position tomorrow when Clyburn returns, was expected to be by UC

That being said, there has been grumbling in caucus about Clyburn not stepping aside when Pelosi/Hoyer did

— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) November 30, 2022

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell is set to deliver a highly anticipated speech later this afternoon where investors will look for any hints as to whether he plans to continue to raise interest rates or not. The speech will be Powell’s last public remarks before a crucial Fed board meeting on 14 December.

The meeting is being seen by Wall Street as a pivotal moment for the Fed, which has been trying to tame rising inflation with aggressive interest rate hikes. The Fed has raised the interest rate to 3.75% to 4% over the last year – its most dramatic hike in nearly a decade.

Investors have warned that another interest rate hike could be the breaking point that leads to a recession. Even Elon Musk has weighed in, tweeting early Wednesday that the “Fed needs to cut interest rates immediately.”

“They are massively amplifying the probability of a severe recession,” he tweeted.

Trend is concerning. Fed needs to cut interest rates immediately. They are massively amplifying the probability of a severe recession.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 30, 2022

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Martin Pengelly

In a campaign speech earlier this year, Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Georgia, said: “I live in Texas.”

Walker will face the Democratic incumbent, Raphael Warnock, in a runoff next Tuesday, a contest triggered after Warnock received the most votes on election day but did not pass 50% of the vote. Polling puts the two candidates near-level, with early voting at record levels.

Control of the Senate has already been decided but victory in Georgia would give Democrats outright control by 51-49.

Endorsed by Donald Trump, Walker has ridden controversies over his business record, alleged encouragement of abortions, family relationships, and more.

A football star for the University of Georgia, he went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. Earlier this month, CNN reported that he was benefiting from a tax break on a Dallas home described as his principal residence.

On Tuesday, CNN returned to the well, reporting that in January, while discussing immigration policy in a speech to Republicans at the University of Georgia, Walker said: “I live in Texas … I went down to the border off and on sometimes.”

Walker also said: “Everyone asks me, why did I decide to run for a Senate seat? Because to be honest with you, this is never something I ever, ever, ever thought in my life I’d ever do. And that’s the honest truth.

“As I was sitting in my home in Texas, I was sitting in my home in Texas, and I was seeing what was going on in this country. I was seeing what was going on in this country with how they were trying to divide people.”

CNN also said Walker gave at least four interviews about his Georgia run from his Texas home.

Republicans have been burned by a similar issue already this year, in another close race vital to control of the Senate. In Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidate, John Fetterman, focused on questions about whether his opponent, the TV doctor Mehmet Oz, actually lived in New Jersey. Fetterman ultimately won convincingly.

In a closed-door voting session, Democrats are expected to elect Hakeem Jeffries as minority leader, ushering in what will probably be a new era of Democratic leadership.

Jeffries, at 52, is a relatively young Democrat considering the average age of a representative is 58. He will take on the job of unifying the party’s liberal and moderate flanks at a moment when Republicans have gained back some power.

Currently chair of the party in the House, Jeffries announced his intention to run for minority leader on 18 November with a letter to House Democrats. In it, he mentioned his intention to empower members regardless of seniority.

“Meaningful policymaking and public engagement opportunities should be robustly distributed regardless of length of service,” he wrote. “High-profile leadership assignments should be spread out throughout the caucus.”

Democrats seem poised to spread the power to its younger members. Jim Clyburn, 82, currently the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House, declined to run for minority leader.

“I think that it was pretty clear to everybody that Pelosi, Hoyer and myself would be making an exit from the leadership very soon, either under our own, or somebody carried us out,” Clyburn said.

“I have studied history long enough to know that evolutions are much better than revolutions, and I think that anybody watching their caucus, our caucus over the years, could see the evolving leadership.”

Good morning, and welcome to the politics live blog.

House Democrats today will formally elect new leadership. After nearly two decades at the helm, speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority leader Steny Hoyer are stepping down to make way for a younger, more diverse roster of party leaders.

Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, is slated to be elected as minority leader. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Pete Aguilar of California are expected to be elected as minority whip and chair, respectively.

While the Democrats will be the minority in the House over the next two years, leaders believe the minority position can help unify consensus among Democrats in opposition to Republicans.

“There’s nothing more unifying than being in the minority and having a clear-eyed objective and goal of getting back into the majority so we can continue to deliver big things for everyday Americans,” Jeffries said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

Here’s what else is happening today:

  • Rail unions are decrying Joe Biden’s call to Congress to impose a contract on rail workers after months of labor negotiations. House Democrats indicated a vote on an agreement will take place as early as today.

  • Congress is also scrambling to pass a government funding bill by 16 December. Democrats are considering how much they can do before they lose their majority in January.

  • The National Christmas Tree Lighting is set to take place at 5.30pm ET.

Stay tuned for more live updates.

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