MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Congress is back in session for the first time since Republicans won both the White House and both houses in Congress.
On Tuesday, the GOP re-elected Paul Ryan to continue on as House Speaker, but House Democrats delayed their decision on leadership.
Ryan is keeping his job, leading a Republican-controlled House. President-elect Donald Trump made clear that’s what he wants, despite his turbulent history with Ryan.
“I talk with Donald Trump virtually every single day…we’re working hand in glove and we’re going to make sure that this is a very successful administration,” said Ryan.
Before they unanimously re-elected Ryan, House Republicans emerged from a private meeting Tuesday morning, sporting “Make America Great Again” hats and showing optimism about the direction of their party.
When asked about the energy of the room post-election, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said, “It felt better…Unity is the word of the day.”
House Democrats are not so sure about their party’s future after a disastrous election.
On Tuesday, they delayed a vote on whether to re-elect California Representative Nancy Pelosi as minority leader.
“I think there’s a lot of soul searching that has to go on in our party and it’s much broader than just our caucus,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA).
Democratic Strategist Lynda Tran is a CBS News contributor. She says the party has to take a closer look at the voters.
“I don’t think it’s too dramatic to say the party is grappling with a lot of really intense feelings, a lot of really intense lessons that need to be learned,” said Tran.
House Democrats plan to hold leadership elections on November 30th.
Senate Republicans and Democrats plan to meet separately Wednesday to pick their leadership teams.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is keeping his job, but Minority Leader Harry Reid is retiring after a 30-year Senate career.
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