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House Majority Leader Hoyer says he's 'concerned' about the Democrats' shrinking House majority

Hoyer says he told the Biden transition team to be "very careful" about selecting members of the House for positions

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
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Updated: December 9, 2020 - 12:48pm

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that he's "concerned" about the Democrats' shrinking majority in the chamber as a result of the November election.

Joe Biden reportedly plans to tap Ohio Democratic Rep. Marsha Fudge as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 

"I am certainly concerned about the slimming of the majority," Hoyer said during a conference call with reporters.

Hoyer said he advised the Biden transition team to be "very careful" about selecting members of the House for positions.

A group of House Republicans sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday urging him to call on Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate irregularities in the election vote totals. 

Hoyer, in response, called on Republicans to accept the results of the presidential election. The Maryland Democrat, repeated his recent characterization of Trump's efforts to challenge the election results in battleground states as conduct that “borders on the definition of treason.” 

Hoyer referred to former Democratic Vice President Al Gore's concession in his 2000 presidential race against former GOP President George W. Bush as "statesman-like" and urged Trump to focus on "stabilizing" democracy in the U.S.

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