Republicans will have a slender House majority, although infighting and fractures could doom some of the party’s legislative efforts. Moreover, Democrats retained control of the Senate and occupy the White House, so even partisan GOP bills that pass the House will need Democratic support to become law.
Republicans will have the power to steer the debate and shape public opinion, however, even if they lack the votes to drive policy.
That effort began last month, when Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain seeking information about an October 2021 memo from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland regarding threats against school administrators, board of education members, teachers and staff. GOP lawmakers allege the administration targeted parents and used law enforcement to infringe on their rights.
(Republican officials, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have repeatedly accused the administration of labeling parents who attend school board meetings as “domestic terrorists,” an allegation that The Associated Press and other fact-checkers say is unfounded.)
“Instead of working with President Biden to address issues important to the American people, like lower costs, congressional Republicans’ top priority is to go after President Biden with politically-motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories,” Ian Sams, spokesman for the White House Counsel’s Office, said in a statement. He accused the GOP of “wasting time and resources on political revenge.”