The GOP can only afford two defectors in the Senate, given its slim 52 seat majority. Vice President Pence can break any 50-50 tie.
Sexual Misconduct Dogs Congressmen
Senator Al Franken (D) of Minnesota faces mounting accusations of sexual misconduct ranging throughout the past 10 years or so. Representative John Conyers (D) of Michigan is as well. Democratic House leadership, Nancy Pelosi, has called on Conyers to resign. He has already stepped aside from his post on the House Judiciary Committee. Conyer’s lawyer fired back at Pelosi, saying that she “sure as hell” won’t get to decide if he resigns.
Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle, Representative Joe Barton of Texas has announced that he will resign. Barton, a married man, found himself in hot water after it was revealed that he was sending lewd messages to a local GOP activist. He sent apparently sent nude photos to at least one other person.