Washington, U.S. | BAZZUP | Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden revealed that he did not anticipate Democrats to have enough votes in the upcoming Congress to enact abortion rights legislation.
Biden told reporters in Bali, Indonesia, “I do not believe there are sufficient votes to codify, unless something exceptional occurs in the House.”
Nearly one week after the national midterm elections of 2022, the control of the U.S. House of Representatives is still uncertain.
CNN projects that by of Monday afternoon, Republicans had won 212 of the 435 House races this year, compared to 204 for Democrats.
Nineteen states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, and Maine, have not yet called elections.
It takes at least 218 seats to gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats now have a narrow majority.
Biden stated on Monday, “I think we’re going to go very close in the House.” I believe it will be a close call, but I do not believe we will make it.
Last week’s exit surveys revealed that abortion was a prominent issue driving American voters in the midterm elections.
This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional protection of women’s abortion rights.
Abortion, which has been one of the most controversial subjects in the United States, would be subject to state-level regulation if not for the historic 1973 decision.
In this year’s midterm elections, 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate were up for election.
The Democrats are anticipated to maintain majority status with at least 50 members despite the upcoming runoff election in Georgia.
The upper house is currently evenly divided, with Vice President Kamala Harris empowered to break ties in favor of the Democrats.