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13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history

Kat Cammack becomes youngest GOP woman in Congress: ‘I’m so incredibly humbled’

Congresswoman-elect Kat Cammack, R-Fla., addresses her historic congressional win on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend.’

At least 13 Republican women are joining the 117th U.S. Congress after dominating the 2020 elections, making history for the highest number of women in the House of Representatives.

Republicans have been watching their numbers in the House rise, and six of the eight seats flipped red were owed to women. According to The Washington Post, House Republican leaders estimate more than a dozen women could be added to the current 13, doubling the number in their caucus.

The GOP congresswomen-elects are marking history themselves – South Carolina’s Nancy Mace being the first female elected in her state and Florida’s Kat Cammack being the youngest GOP woman elected – and are representing American women across the country.

Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., 3rd congressional district

Lauren Boebert is the congresswoman-elect for Colorado’s third congressional district. Her campaign stood grounded in her advocacy for protecting gun rights, energy and the Constitution. Boebert is the owner and founder of the nationally known Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, Colo., a restaurant where staff proudly open carry while serving customers.

Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Lauren Boebert, is interviewed before her watch party at her restaurant, Shooter’s Bar and Grill, late Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Rifle, Colo. (McKenzie Lange/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP)

Kat Cammack, R-Fla., 3rd congressional district

Kat Cammack will be joining the 117th Congress as the youngest GOP woman in history. The elect has triumphantly gone from homeless to the House in under a decade. In 2011, Cammack’s family lost the cattle ranch she grew up on due to a failed Obama program. After months of being homeless, Cammack was asked by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., to join his campaign, on which she served as the longtime deputy chief of staff and campaign manager.

CONGRESSWOMAN-ELECT KAT CAMMACK GOES FROM HOMELESS TO THE HOUSE: 'ONLY IN AMERICA' IS THIS POSSIBLE, SHE SAYS

Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., 27th congressional district

Miami-native Maria Elvira Salazar has been elected to serve Florida’s 27th congressional district. Salazar learned the value of freedom at a young age when her parents fled from Cuba in the presence of Fidel Castro to become U.S. citizens. Now, the congresswoman-elect aims to end the coming of socialism in America.

Marjorie Greene, R-Ga., 14th congressional district

Marjorie Greene is fighting to keep Georgia red and combat socialism. The congresswoman-elect is a mother to three children and a seasoned businesswoman. Greene founded, grew and sold one of the top CrossFit gyms in the country and, alongside her husband, owns Taylor Commercial which efforts high-end construction projects.

Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, 1st congressional district

Congresswoman-elect Ashley Hinson is representing all Americans with a minivan and a mortgage, she told Fox News on Sunday. Hinson was the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district and plans to continue the fight for the economic well-being of Iowans. Her campaign aims to cut taxes and focus on infrastructure.

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Mary Miller, R-Ill., 15th congressional district

Mother of seven, grandmother of 17 and local Illinoisan farmer, Mary Miller will be representing Illinois 15th congressional district. Her campaign promotes farming and policies which will bring manufacturing back to her home state. Miller aims to ensure Illinois residents are able to pursue their American dream.

Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., 5th congressional district

Ukrainian-American Victoria Spartz is maintaining her district's red House seat. While earning her U.S. citizenship, Spartz climbed the ladder to become a finance executive, working at the Big 4 public accounting firms for Fortune 500 companies. The former state senator for District 20 fights to protect the Second Amendment and has a fiscally conservative approach to governing.

U.S. 5th Congressional District Republican candidate Victoria Spartz waits to greet voters at a poling place in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Spartz faces Democratic candidate Christina Hale. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Lisa McClain, R-Mich., 10th congressional district

After her endorsement from President Trump, Lisa McClain is set to claim her seat as a Michigan congresswoman. Her approach supports strengthening our national defense and the U.S. economy. McClain is a passionate philanthropist, raising more than $1 million for Multiple Sclerosis and volunteering her time to various causes.

Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., 7th congressional district

Congresswoman-elect Michelle Fischbach has unseated Democratic, 30-year incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson. Fischbach has served as Minnesota’s former lieutenant governor and the state’s first female Senate president. Her campaign focused on protecting the Second Amendment and strengthening U.S. borders.

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Yvette Herrell, R-N.M., 2nd congressional district

Born and raised in New Mexico, Yvette Herrell won her congressional seat by campaigning to champion small businesses and protect Santa Fe’s rural values. After four terms in New Mexico’s state House, Herrell plans to work to safely reopen the U.S. economy since the coronavirus pandemic, secure the Southern border and stand against tight government regulations.

Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., 5th congressional district

Stephanie Bice was elected to congress as the only candidate endorsed by the NRA. Bice has served on Oklahoma’s state Senate since 2014 where she is praised for her economic development and worked to control state spending. Upon her election to Congress, she aims to fight for affordable health care and address immigration.

Nancy Mace, R-S.C., 1st congressional district

Nancy Mace is the first South Carolinian woman to be elected to Congress and managed to flip the seat red. In 1999, the representative-elect was also the first woman to graduate from The Citadel. Mace’s campaign will address offshore drilling, infrastructure and restoring South Carolina Low Country’s economy.

Diana Harshbarger, R-Tenn., 1st congressional district

Diana Harshbarger joins the 117th U.S. Congress with a “Tennessee Tough” mentality. Harshbarger plans to work hard to protect President Trump’s progress in office. As a licensed pharmacist, she aims to address the opioid crisis, advocate for anti-aborition legislation and protect religious freedom.

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Pelosi on White House coronavirus talks: 'One step forward, two steps back'

McConnell faces uphill battle to convince GOP senators to approve stimulus deal: Gasparino

Sources tell FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino many Republican senators worry about the deficit while some past stimulus money hasn’t been spent.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday dismissed the White House's latest $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief offer as "insufficient" and said the Trump administration's proposal on state and local aid, unemployment benefits and measures to fight the virus still falls short. 

"This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back," Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues Saturday.

But in a sign of hope Pelosi said she's still communicating with the White House on finding a breakthrough deal to help American workers and businesses still reeling from the pandemic.

"At this point, we still have disagreement on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting language from the Administration on several provisions as the negotiations on the overall funding amount continue," Pelosi wrote.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday made the biggest offer yet to Pelosi, at between $1.8 and $1.9 trillion, according to Tyler Goodspeed, acting chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

It included a reload of the Paycheck Protection Program, an employee retention tax credit, a second round of direct stimulus payments, and support for the airlines and school reopenings, Goodspeed told Fox Business Friday. 

It marks an increase from the $1.6 trillion the administration had previously proposed.

"We think that this was a very solid offer, and it's up to the speaker to be reasonable," Goodspeed said. 

Pelosi outlined in her letter the faults with the White House's latest offer:

  • “absence of any response on a strategic plan to crush the virus”
  • funding for state and local governments “remains sadly inadequate”
  • $200 billion less than what Democrats want for expanded unemployment benefits
  • the inclusion of coronavirus lawsuit liability protections for businesses and not including stronger new worker safety standards 
  • plan doesn’t include additional refundable tax credits: Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Child Dependent Care Tax Credit
  • a $25 billion offer on child case assistance when Democrats want $57 billion 

"At this point, the Trump proposal is insufficient in meeting families’ needs, in stark contrast to the Heroes Act, which secured tens of billions for direct relief and refundable credits," Pelosi wrote in reference to the $2.2 trillion legislation the House passed.

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For months, Congress has struggled to reach an agreement on additional stimulus. Negotiations first collapsed in early August, prompting Trump to sign four executive measures intended to provide relief to families still reeling from the virus-induced crisis, including temporarily extending supplemental jobless aid at $300 a week.

But that aid is beginning to expire, and lifelines that propped up the economy in the early weeks of the pandemic — like the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, a one-time $1,200 stimulus check and sweetened unemployment benefits — lapsed weeks ago.

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Although Democrats and Republicans broadly agree that another bill is necessary to aid the economy's recovery, they sharply disagree over the size and scope of it. House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion aid package last week, and the Trump administration countered with a $1.6 trillion plan. Pelosi rejected that as "inadequate" before the White House came back with the higher offer.

Talks appeared to hit a dead end on Tuesday when Trump tweeted that he had instructed Republicans to halt negotiations until after the election, jolting Wall Street and sending stocks tumbling. But he swiftly reversed course, initially calling for piecemeal legislation, then renewing a push for a broader deal.

"The president wants to do a deal," Kudlow said during an interview with FOX Business' Stuart Varney.

Any bill still needs to get through the Democratic-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate, where some Republicans have expressed concern about another massive spending initiative amid the nation's ballooning deficit, which is projected to hit a record-shattering $3.3 trillion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Judge says Minnesota US House election can proceed despite candidate's death

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A federal judge on Friday ruled that Minnesota's congressional election for the 2nd District could proceed despite the death of a third party candidate in September. 

The decision is a win for freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, who filed a federal complaint on Sept. 28 to ensure the election would proceed after Secretary of State Steve Simon announced it would be delayed until February.

State law says an election must be postponed if a major party nominee dies 79 days ahead of Nov. 3.

"Given the overwhelming importance for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District voters to be able to vote in the November general election and to have uninterrupted representation in the United States Congress, the public interest weighs in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction," U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright wrote in her decision.

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The ruling notes Craig's argument that federal law takes precedent over state laws was likely to succeed, and Craig's campaign would have to retain campaign resources until February in the event of a delay. Wright added that a delay would leave constituents without representation for more than a month. 

The ruling ordered Simon to stop telling voters that the 2nd District's congressional election will be delayed. 

"Voters should continue to vote this race on their ballots, and pursuant to the district court ruling, those votes will be counted," Simon wrote in a Friday statement.

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Craig is running against Republican Tyler Kristner, a Marine Corps veteran who raised more than $1 million by July and beat Craig's second-quarter fundraising efforts. Kristner argued in favor of the delayed election and said he will appeal Wright's decision "to make sure that every Minnesotan has an opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choosing."

"As recently as this week, the United States Supreme Court and various Appeals Courts have ruled that state laws cannot be overturned on the eve of the election. Based on this precedent, my campaign will be appealing today's ruling to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals," he wrote in a Friday tweet.

His attorneys filed a request Friday to keep Wright’s order from being enforced while he appeals, saying her order is "sure to disenfranchise thousands of voters" who believed there would be no congressional election on Nov. 3.

Adam Weeks, 37, was running under the Legal Marijuana Now Party until he died unexpectedly in September. The party, which won 5.3 percent of the vote in a 2018 state auditor race, nominated Paula Overby on Tuesday to represent the 2nd District.

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White House prepping Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Amy Coney Barrett meets with GOP senators

Democratic lawmakers boycott meetings with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett; Mark Meredith reports.

The White House Counsel’s Office is prepping Judge Amy Coney Barrett for her Senate confirmation hearings, where they anticipate the Supreme Court nominee will be questioned about a range of issues, including her nomination event in the Rose Garden which lead to President Trump and members of his inner circle testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

A senior administration official told Fox News that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and “constitutional experts” within the White House Counsel’s Office are preparing Barrett for the confirmation hearings, which are slated to begin Monday, Oct. 12 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and run through Thursday, Oct. 15.

“Barrett will be an outstanding witness and will be confirmed,” the official told Fox News.

The official told Fox News that Cipollone and the team are prepping Barrett for questions on a range of issues — including the Sept. 26 nominating event in the Rose Garden.

After the event, the president, first lady Melania Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, White House adviser Hope Hicks, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, former adviser Kellyanne Conway, director of Oval Office operations David Luna, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, and Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie all tested positive for COVID-19.

The official told Fox News that they could not preview how Barrett would respond to that line of questioning, but defended the event, saying it was “held outdoors” and “there was a lot of testing done beforehand.”

“We have to reopen our country,” the official said. “We take precautions but we have to reopen our country, we have to continue our duties, and we had to nominate this outstanding judge to the Supreme Court.”

A White House aide told Fox News that Cipollone “knows what she’ll be questioned on.”

“He’ll know ways to navigate those without telegraphing too much to get through the confirmation,” the aide said.

Meanwhile, the official said the White House anticipates Barrett will be questioned on issues and cases involving abortion, specifically Roe v. Wade, and the Obamacare case that is pending before the high court.

“They are going to try a million different ways to get her to discuss cases that may come before her,” the official said. “But, with the Ginsburg rule, she won’t be doing that.”

Ginsburg, during her confirmation hearings in 1993, chose not to answer questions that may hint at how she would rule on a future case. The practice has been informally named the Ginsburg rule.

The official added: “She’s committed to being a fair-minded judge, who will set aside her personal opinions.”

Meanwhile, senior officials told Fox News that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has been tasked with prepping Barrett and shepherding her through the Senate.

“He knows exactly the senators we’ll need to win over, and the issues that matter to them,” one senior White House official told Fox News. “He knows which senators to target that could bring over votes for her, and will help her to remain independent and speak to her own judicial record to win those key votes. He’s a Capitol Hill strategist.”

“Between Pat’s legal mind and Meadows’ Hill mind, we feel we have the strongest team in place to get through this,” another White House official told Fox News.

“We understand we’re operating on an abbreviated timeline, but we’re embracing that,” the official told Fox News.

The president officially announced Barrett as his pick to fill the vacancy left by late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 26. An Oct. 12 start, 16 days from her official nomination, would be in line with that “abbreviated timeline.”

There were 48 days between the nomination of Gorsuch and his confirmation hearing in 2017 and 57 days between the nomination of Kavanaugh and his hearing.

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Senate Democrats are likely to seek to impede the confirmation as much as possible. They have objected to a confirmation so close to the election, citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.

McConnell, R-Ky., has said that the present situation is different because the White House and the Senate are not held by opposing parties.

Republicans, though, appear to have the votes to move forward and confirm Barrett. Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate and can therefore afford three defections if no Democrat votes for the nominee. In that instance, Vice President Mike Pence would be called in to break a tie.

So far, only Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have indicated they oppose moving forward with a confirmation before the election. Murkowski has since suggested she still may vote for the nominee.

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Meanwhile, as for the Senate hearing, a committee aide told Fox News on Monday that staff is working with the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Attending Physician, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Capitol Police, and the Rules Committee to ensure the nomination hearing for Judge Barrett is conducted safely and in accordance with public health recommendations.

Committee staff is making sure that there are PPE and sanitary stations, and there will be strict limits on people allowed into the hearing room among other precautions.

The aide also said that the committee will be meeting in a larger hearing room, in order to comply with the CDC’s and OAP’s recommendation of social distancing.

The aide also noted that "members have the option of appearing and questioning the witness in person or remotely," and said that "each senator makes their own determination." Members will have the option to participate virtually, as they have for all other recent Judiciary Committee hearings, the aide said.

The aide, though, said that Graham will appear in person.

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White House defends Trump, says he is 'projecting an image of strength' amid battle with coronavirus

White House touts Trump’s leadership on coronavirus amid criticism

White House director of communications Alyssa Farah reacts on ‘America’s Newsroom’

The White House is defending President Trump as he fights coronavirus, saying that he is “projecting an image of strength” and wants Americans to get back to “normal life safely.”

The president returned to the White House on Monday evening after being discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and is continuing to receive treatment for COVID-19.

Upon arriving at the White House from Marine One on Monday evening, the president walked out onto the Truman Balcony overlooking the South Lawn, removed his face mask, and saluted military officers as Marine One departed the grounds. Critics took swings at the president, claiming the move was irresponsible.

“At times like this, in these moments, it is highly important for the commander in chief to express confidence to our domestic population, and it is very important, to our allies and adversaries,” White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday, adding that the president is “projecting an image of strength.”

Farah also addressed the president removing his mask, despite a White House photographer being on the balcony with him.

“This was a brief interaction,” she said. “Our photographers, we know, when we work with the president, wear your mask and keep your distance.”

“The world and the American people needed to see their president strong and leading,” Farah said.

Farah added that the president’s focus is “working to defeat” COVID-19, while also making sure therapeutics and potential vaccines reach the American public.

“On this date, you are the most likely to survive and get treatment for the coronavirus because of this president’s leadership,” Farah said.

“The president’s message is clear: while taking safe mitigation practices, Americans need to get back to ordinary life,” Farah added, saying “businesses are closing and people cannot make ends meet.”

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“The president wants us to get through coronavirus, to be safe and be smart, so we can get back to normal life,” she said. “His point is, we can’t do this forever. We can’t keep the nation locked down.”

Meanwhile, Farah was asked about a report published Tuesday by the Associated Press, which suggested White House staff are angered by the outbreak of coronavirus within the White House.

The president, last Friday, just before 1 a.m., announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, after White House adviser Hope Hicks also tested positive. Since then, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and director of Oval Office Operations David Luna have also tested positive.

Farah pushed back on the report, saying that she doesn’t “give much credence to anonymous sources.”

“We feel comfortable working here, we are taking precautions in the West Wing, we need to be washing our hands, wearing masks when we can’t socially distance,” Farah said. “That is not representative of the vibe in the White House … If anything, the team has been highly inspired by the president’s strong leadership.”

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White House releases new photo of Trump from Walter Reed

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Fox News contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson joins ‘The Next Revolution’ to discuss how President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and last week’s debate impact the 2020 election.

The White House on Sunday released a new photograph of President Trump working out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., while undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

The photo was taken after the president fielded calls from Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. The caption said Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, was also in the room at the time.

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Trump has been trying to project an image of strength during his brief stay at the hospital but has faced a few health scares in recent days, including two instances where his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly.  Trump was given a dose of the steroid dexamethasone in response.

Meadows told Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday night that the president was experiencing symptoms that had his staff "real concerned" on Friday, including fever and low blood oxygen level. But he appears to be recovering.

A normal blood oxygen reading is between 95 and 100. Dr. Sean Conley, who is Trump’s personal physician, said the president had a “high fever” and a blood oxygen level below 94% on Friday and during “another episode” on Saturday.

Oct. 4: President Donald J. Trump participates in a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
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His medical team said they’ve been encouraged by the president’s energy and test results and said he might be able to be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement "that appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.”

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Three White House reporters test positive for coronavirus

President Trump touches down at Walter Reed after COVID diagnosis

Kristen Fisher sets the scene outside Walter Reed Medical Center on ‘Special Report’

The coronavirus outbreak at the White House has spread to the ranks of the press.

Hours after news that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced they tested positive for COVID-19, the White House Correspondents' Association confirmed that three journalists also tested positive Friday and contact tracing is underway.

"Given these positive cases, the president’s diagnosis and positive cases among other members of the White House staff, a number of White House journalists are self-isolating pending diagnostic testing," WHCA President Zeke Miller said in a memo to members.

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White House journalists work in cramped quarters on the first floor and basement of the executive mansion and a small group of reporters, known as the pool, accompanies the president to events and will travel with him abroad Air Force One.

The three journalists were not identified but all were covering the president this weekend. One attended a White House briefing Sunday, another traveled with Trump for his Saturday trip to Pennsylvania and a third attended events with the president on both Saturday and Sunday.

The journalists association is encouraging the White House reporters to get tested, wear a mask at all times, and to avoid working out of the White House if they are not assigned to the pool or have an enclosed workspace.

"We must lower our exposure to possible further infections," Miller wrote.

Trump was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center Friday where he's expected to stay for a few days as he fights the virus.

“I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said in a video message Friday thanking the country for support. “The first lady is doing very well.”

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