Dem Five Seat House Majority Makes Things Very Tough for Speaker Pelosi
Heading into the election, Democrats had a majority of 232 to 197, with one Libertarian and five open seats. That balance is now at 218 Democrats to 202 Republicans, with the Associated Press calling the majority for Democrats when they hit 218 late Tuesday. Republicans are leading in several undecided races, meaning the parties could end up separated by less than 10 seats.
…Should Democrats win the Georgia runoffs in January and take control of the Senate, they may also try to pass tax or health-care legislation through a process called reconciliation, which requires only a simple majority in both chambers. Such a process is generally partisan and requires members to stick together.