Winning a majority in the House, even by a narrower margin than hoped, will give Republicans new power to set the agenda when they take control of the House in January.
House Republicans will have subpoena power in the majority and control over powerful committees, and they intend to make investigations into the Biden administration a top priority.
On the legislative front, there will be some policy issues to pass, such as government funding, that will test the ability of Republicans and Democrats to work together.
Here you are a look at some of their plans:
Investigations: House Republicans are eyeing potential investigations into everything from the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, to border policies overseen by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, to the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the FBI’s search for Mar- a-Lago, to business dealings involving President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and the bureaucratic decision-making behind Covid-related school closures and vaccine mandates.
House Republicans can also use their majority to push a counter-narrative around the January 6, 2021 attack, in an effort to shift blame away from former President Donald Trump after a violent mob of his supporters storms the Capitol.
Even before the party won a majority in the House, some of the investigative groundwork mapped out by Republican officials had begun to materialize. On Monday, for example, a federal judge in Louisiana ordered the deposition of an FBI cybersecurity official in a lawsuit alleging the FBI forced social media companies to block stories on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election.
The FBI deposition is one of many requested by state Republican officials in a lawsuit accusing Biden officials of effectively enforcing government censorship by prompting social media companies to, among other things, tell police about the origins of the virus that causes Covid-19, the effectiveness of masks and health measures intended to curb the spread of the virus, as well as claims about electoral integrity and the safety of mail-in voting.
It’s not yet clear how far House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is willing to go when it comes to Jan. 6 and the 2020 presidential election. And some Republicans argue the party would be better served moving beyond 2020.
Narrow majority GOP legislative agenda: The president can veto legislation, but House Republicans will still be able to push certain messaging bills that highlight their agenda.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with CNN two days before the midterm elections, McCarthy outlined his plans for power, which include fighting inflation, increasing crime and securing borders. , three issues that have become central to the Republicans’ closing address to voters.
McCarthy has also left the door open to launching possible impeachment proceedings, which some of his members have already started calling for.
During a private meeting within the party Monday before the leadership election, McCarthy vowed to strip Democrats of power, vowing to oust Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and California Representatives Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee, according to a source in the room.
But the thin majority of Republicans will stand in the way of most, if not all, of their priorities in the House.
McCarthy’s allies recently attempted to get moderate Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas to switch parties in hopes of filling their slim margins, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. Cuellar flatly rejected the idea.