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Key House Republican on new GOP majority and leadership

Rep. Nancy Mace joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, Jan. 19. (Video: The Washington Post)

Republicans are back in control of the House of Representatives though with a narrow margin and after a protracted leadership fight. Join The Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell for a conversation with Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) about how she wants her party to govern and why she has split with more conservative factions on issues like abortion.

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“I actually have two constituents right now in the First Congressional District, Tim Scott and Nikki Haley, who many in the media are touting as potential presidential candidates in 2024. I am going to keep my powder dry until the field is set. One of the things that I’m going to be doing is, I’m going to be rolling out a series of candidate forums with the different presidential candidates. I will not be attending that event, nor will be weighing in on the presidential election until the field is set ... What I do hope to see on the ticket in 2024 is a more diverse ticket than Republicans have ever had ... We also need someone who is going to unify, not only the party, but unify Independent voters who traditionally voted Republican but don’t feel like they have a home anymore. That’s what I’m looking for in a candidate.” - Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We didn’t learn anything from the midterm election cycle. We didn’t learn anything after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We buried our head in the sand and we did as we always do, which is pay service to the life movement … The vast majority of the people that I represent on either side of the aisle were not happy after Roe v. Wade was overturned. I'm a pro-life member of Congress. I have many exceptions, but I'm willing to meet in the middle and find some common ground.” - Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Immigration … is a massive issue … We have a fentanyl crisis; we’re seeing people in South Carolina die every single day from accidental exposure to fentanyl or fentanyl overdoses. We have millions of people coming here every year and we don’t have a secure border … That has to be rectified … I do believe it’ll be very hard to do any immigration legislation … it will never pass the Senate if we’re only talking about border security because the left has certain needs that they want met and the right has certain needs that they need. This conversation is tone deaf; we are rushing through this process without hearing all sides of the argument … With only focusing on border security, we’re ignoring other issues that are out there and it’s a bill that only pays lip service to immigration. Because it’ll never have any chance in the Senate.” - Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“For someone who calls themselves a great unifier, that’s not unifying. When you look at the overall Congress the White House should absolutely be negotiating on this. The House is controlled by Republicans. The Senate is controlled by Democrats … This is a time for us to work together … There are plans out there that are responsible, reasonable and really hold everyone to account for the debt that's been hiked up over the last several decades." - Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.)