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By Jim Weismeyer,

It's finally official, the GOP garnered the 218 seats needed to control the House, ushering in an era of divided government and a check on the Biden administration agenda. Most look for Biden to increase his use of executive orders and regulations to fulfill some other goals.

It was ironic that it took several GOP House races in liberal California to get the Republicans to 218 votes. Six more House races need to be called so the GOP majority number could rise by a few seats.

"The era of one-party Democrat rule in Washington is over," Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader from California, said this week on Capitol Hill, as his Republican colleagues nominated him to serve as House speaker. "Washington now has a check and balance."

The majority will hand Republicans control of committees with subpoena authority, allowing them to make good on campaign pledges to investigate Biden's administration and family, as well as social-media companies that conservatives claim are biased against them.

President Biden Commented on the GOP win in the House
"I congratulate Leader McCarthy on Republicans winning the House majority, and am ready to work with House Republicans to deliver results for working families," Mr. Biden said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that "the future is too promising to be trapped in political warfare."

But the president also recognized the surprising strength of the Democratic showing, and the defeat of a series of far-right Republicans who had refused to recognize the legitimacy of the last election.

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