House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to a crowd of volunteers and supporters of the Democratic party at an election night returns event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: Pelosi confident she will be House speaker

November 07, 2018 - 1:12 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress in the wake of Tuesday's mid-term election (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she's confident she will win enough support to be elected speaker of the House next year.

The California Republican says she is the "best person" for the job and the person most capable of unifying Democrats now that they have won the majority.

Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi says her pitch for another turn with the gavel is about the future. She says, "it's not about what you have done, it's about what you can do."

Democrats won the House majority on Tuesday evening, securing the 218 seats needed for the majority. Pelosi was speaker when Democrats last held the majority in 2010.

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2 p.m.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will have a "responsibility for oversight" when they take charge of the House in January.

If elected speaker, Pelosi said Wednesday she will leave final decisions about that oversight to committees. She wouldn't answer a question about whether they will seek President Donald Trump's tax filings

But she said committee requests for documents or hearings won't be "scattershot."

Democrats are expected to investigate Trump's business dealings, his Cabinet's conduct and his campaign's ties to Russia.

Pelosi said "we'll know what we are doing and we'll do it right."

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11:30 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans and Democrats will have to work together to fix problems with former President Barack Obama's health care law.

McConnell said Wednesday that the state of the nation's health care system is "still a crisis" and those problems will have to be addressed in a bipartisan way because Democrats will control the House.

He said no one is satisfied with the current system and there will be a divided government, so "I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it."

Republican proposals to repeal the law failed to pass the Senate last year, dooming the effort while Republicans had full control of Congress and the presidency.

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11:15 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the contentious, partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination was "very helpful" in winning Senate seats in Tuesday's election.

McConnell said Republicans were worried by voter apathy on their side but the debate over Kavanaugh was like an "adrenaline shot" to GOP voters.

He said he thinks core Republican voters were "highly offended" by Democrats' tactics in the debate. He said Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's presumption of innocence.

Kavanaugh was confirmed last month after a California professor accused him of sexual assault when both were teenagers.

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11 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "good morning" for Republicans. He says President Donald Trump helped keep the Senate in GOP hands.

The Kentucky Republican spoke Wednesday morning, hours after midterm election voters kept the Senate controlled by Republicans, even as they flipped the House to a Democratic majority.

McConnell told reporters of the Senate elections: "We had a very good day. I'm proud of what happened. The president was very helpful to us."

McConnell warned that Democrats in the House will have to decide how much they want to "harass" Trump.

The Kentucky Republican said he can't imagine taking up immigration legislation this year.

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