Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

The Tenuous Democratic House Majority

The Tenuous Democratic House Majority

Trump won the election with the backing of "Reagan Democrats", patriotic working class Americans who were used to the idea of good pay, a decent pension, and their healthcare being paid for by their employer.

The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump's legislative programme. President Trump wants as much as $5 billion to fund the southern border wall, but senior House Democratic advisers have told ABC News that Democrats, with a newly-reclaimed majority - will be loathe to provide one cent for that kind of funding. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information".

"And last night... the Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House".

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least.

Although his odds have lengthened slightly, Trump remains the man to beat say the bookies. "Sorry about that, Mia", he said.

"Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong", Trump said.

"Mike, will you be my running mate?"

"At the end of the day, ME people don't care which party you identify with, they just want someone who is honest, believes in our state and vows to do what they say they'll do", Jackson said. "I think it's very bad for our country".

"The forced firing of Attorney General Sessions appears to be part of an ongoing pattern of behavior by the president seeking to undermine (the) investigation into Russian interference", said the letter to Goodlatte, written by Representative Jerrold Nadler, the committee's top Democrat, and 16 other Democrats who sit on the panel. He took to Twitter the morning after the split election outcome for the GOP to put Democrats on notice about their threats to investigate him and the administration.

They could now launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

He also credits the Democratic House victory to their commitment in campaigning for progressive policy reform: single payer healthcare, affordable wages and free higher education.

The Democrats' net gain of 36 seats pales in comparison to the Tea Party wave of 2010, when Republicans captured 63 seats in the House.

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Dr Evan Lawrence, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in USA politics, has also worked in Congress and has a background in worldwide relations.

Some Republicans sought to explain Michigan's shift to a more purple hue as nearly an inevitability after a long stint of one-party control.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of ugly rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

The big story coming out of Tuesday's midterm elections is how totally the news media missed the issue of what waves were building.

Also among them are the first two Native American women elected to the House - Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico - and the first two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman.

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back. That's why he shifted the focus of his racially charged and viscerally xenophobic campaigning away from the House and toward the Senate, where Republicans had the advantage.

"We are in a battle".

Still, in terms of seats, the GOP losses in the House were well within the parameters of historical norms - and offset by gains in the Senate. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.

"In a few months, what I would hope to see is legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and get that legislation to the Senate", Sanders said, issuing a challenge to his Republican colleagues: "And let the Senate vote against that if they want".

The result was broadly in line with what many analysts projected but makes for a confusing picture.

While Harris, Sanders, and Warren have all indicated that they have not ruled out a presidential run, Booker recently said that it would "be irresponsible" of him not to consider a presidential run.

But, in another tweet on Wednesday, he told those candidates who avoided him to "say goodbye!"

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