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Republican lost the House in 2018 due to reactions to Donald Trump and the overhanging Mueller Russia investigation. In 2020 Republicans lost the Presidency to Joe Biden in a hotly disputed election result fraught with voter fraud allegations. After a runoff of 2 seats in Georgia in January, 2021, Republicans lost the Senate (50-50). With the Presidency and both houses of Congress now lost, concerns over the integrity of our elections, and Democrats threatening to change election laws, abolish the Electoral College and pack the Supreme Court, Republicans fear for the future of the country that they will never win another election. The previous decade, Republicans won the House in 2010 mid-term election, retaining the House in 2012 and claiming the Senate in the 2014 mid-terms. The Republicans continued their climb back to power in 2016 by retaining the House and Senate and adding the Presidency as Donald Trump won a resounding electoral college victory claiming 30 states. Though he lost the popular vote, President Trump moved into 2017 with a populist victory, a conservative agenda and control of the Congress to roll back President Obama's liberal policies.

After Democratic and Republican leaders forge deal, some GOP lawmakers call the plan a capitulation

10/7/21
from The Wall Street Journal,
10/7/21:

The Senate was set to vote on a deal to extend the debt ceiling through early December and avert a looming government default, over the complaints of some GOP lawmakers who cast the agreement struck by party leaders as a capitulation to Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) announced he was accepting the offer from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Thursday morning, and later scheduled votes for the evening after both leaders briefed their caucuses. The Senate would first need to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle before proceeding to final passage of the measure.

Under the agreement, Congress will raise the borrowing limit by $480 billion, the amount the Treasury Department says is needed to meet the country’s cash needs until Dec. 3. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a letter to colleagues that she would call the House back early to vote if necessary, and the White House said President Biden would sign the bill.

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