Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Election Consolidates Senate Support for Trump’s Agenda

Election Consolidates Senate Support for Trump’s Agenda

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the Republicans' Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

Instead they based their campaign on lies that a group of bedraggled refugees are mostly gang assassins and ISIS terrorists, lies that all Latino immigrants are grinning cop murderers - in an ad so racist even Fox News pulled it off the air - lies about Democrats somehow shipping jobs to North Korea, flagrant anti-Semitism, and on and on.

Among the losses in the House, were a number of Republican candidates who failed to embrace the president.

With the Republicans keeping control of the Senate, the outcome in the House could mean gridlock for Trump's agenda on Capitol Hill - or, conversely, it could open a new era of deal-making.

With the seat majority, Democrats now hold subpoena power to investigate President Donald Trump's administration, including his business affairs, from tax returns to possible conflicts of interest in foreign countries.

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a attractive, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare. Trump is despised in Utah, so selectively opposing the president's agenda should not carry a high political price for Romney, but he also doesn't seem like the likely leader of a Senate GOP opposition movement.

Trump cited health care and infrastructure as areas where the two parties could work together.

And should President Trump be anxious about his chances for re-election in 2020?

Democrats also won important Senate and gubernatorial races in states that will be key to beating Donald Trump in 2020, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term. After CNN released audio recording of Lewis in which he questioned the parenting ability of same-sex couples, Craig's eldest son, Josh, posted a video on Twitter to defend his mother and support her candidacy.

The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.

As the returns came in, voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

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In New York, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

In Florida, a progressive Democrat conceded after an ugly battle against Trumpist conservative Ron DeSantis.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

Meanwhile, one in four Democrats said they want Congress to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion.

Numerous winning candidates campaigned on the need for better health care for all Americans. The polls also show Trump was a major factor: a minority of voters voted for Trump and his policies while the majority of voters displayed an anti-Trump sentiment.

And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. But Trump, who is preternaturally connected to the GOP base - for a NY businessman, in particular - understands that many Americans are deeply concerned about events like the migrant caravan. Two years later, she became the first woman of color elected to Congress in CT, and will represent the state's fifth congressional district, which includes Newtown, New Britain, and Woodbury. At least three other red districts flipped to blue. And she lost. Too bad.

The GOP leader sounded something of a quiet alarm on funding for the border and that 10 percent middle-class tax cut touted by Trump in the waning days of the 2018 midterms.

In total, the Democrats lost out on the majority by seven percentto the Republicans, retaining 44 of 100 seats in the chamber.

With assent from both the House of Representatives and the Senate required for laws to be passed, the Republican Senate could provide resistance against any Democratic bills rising through the House.

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism, but he won anyway.

Democratic control of the House should finally see the legislative branch emerge as the check and balance on the executive which the constitution intends it to be.

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