Dozens of freshman Republicans ignore an invitation to a party with Biden at the White House


Dozens of freshman Republican lawmakers declined an invitation to the White House to visit with him President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday night.

Only 11 of the 45 new Republicans elected to Congress in November accepted Biden’s welcome party invitation. Among dozens of those who refused the invitation was Representative George Santos, RN.Y., as well as several Republicans who initially sought to block Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid for speaker in early January.

“Everyone who is part of the new Congress is invited,” White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday.

Republicans who spoke included Sen. Kathy Britt of Alabama; Representative John James of Michigan; Representative Mark Alford of Missouri; Representative John Duarte of California; Representative Tom Keane of New Jersey; Rep. Kevin Kiley of California; Representatives Nick Langvarsi and Mike Lawler of New York; Representative Nathaniel Moran of Texas; Alabama’s Dale Strong and Indiana’s Rudy Yakim.

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President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on March 23, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on March 23, 2022.
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Congressman George Santos leaves the US Capitol on January 12, 2023.

Congressman George Santos leaves the US Capitol on January 12, 2023.
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The small number of freshman Republicans in the party does not bode well for Biden’s prospects of getting his priorities through the House.

Rep. Josh Brechin, D-Oklahoma, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why he decided to skip the party. Santos also did not respond to a request for comment.

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The bipartisanship comes as Biden is set to announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race soon. He also faces more scrutiny than ever because of a special counsel investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified documents.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., is leading the charge for Republicans to look into the issue, requesting testimony and documents from the Justice Department and the National Archives.

Representative James Comer prepares for a televised interview at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

Representative James Comer prepares for a televised interview at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
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However, there have not yet been any congressional hearings on the Biden documents, as the Department of Justice’s special investigation into the matter has just begun.

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