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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:43 AM

Senate vote on Trump's emergency plan shows the dividends Democrats are reaping from midterms


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John Harwood
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President Donald Trump can veto a resolution blocking his border emergency declaration, which the Senate will vote on Thursday.

If it clears the Republican-led Senate, Democrats lack the votes to override him. But the episode shows again what the 2018 midterm elections brought the GOP: constant pressure.

Democratic control of the House wonít produce much legislation in a divided Washington. But it has already produced a fundamental shift in political leverage.


President Donald Trump can veto a resolution blocking his border emergency declaration. If it clears the Republican-led Senate on Thursday, Democrats lack the votes to override him. But the episode shows again what the 2018 midterm elections brought the GOP: constant pressure.

Democratic control of the House wonít produce much legislation in a divided Washington. But it has already produced a fundamental shift in political leverage.

During the first half of Trumpís term, Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue protected each other. Congress shielded the president from oversight; House and Senate leaders shielded their members from casting politically perilous votes.

The shift in White House accountability has attracted the most attention so far, for good reason. The House Intelligence, Financial Services, Oversight and Judiciary committees have piled overlapping probes of their own onto investigations by prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller, the Southern District of New York, the state of New York and the Manhattan district attorney.

Those House initiatives alone could effectively cripple the administration over the next two years. Through the impeachment process, they could even cut it short.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/14/senate-vote-on-trumps-emergency-plan-shows-midterm-dividends-for-democrats.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:51 AM

1. forcing McConnel to have votes that go against trump is always good and this is only happening

because the law requires McConnel to have to take a vote. Otherwise NO legislation will ever see a vote and the real battle is coming with appropriation bills and whether or not Pelosi will attach unpopular amendments to them.

I'm not sure deep down the House Democrats have the guts to force govt shutdowns or not if McConnel refuses to allow votes to happen.

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 10:38 AM

2. The House

Just voted on a non binding resolution to make the Mueller report public.

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