Democratic House takeover jeopardizes 'Muslim ban'

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By contrast, when President Donald Trump addressed the results of the 2018 midterms - when his party lost at least 31 seats and control of the House - he focused primarily on Republicans' ability to flip at least three seats in the Senate. The outcome positions President Trump to win reelection in 2020 while carrying both houses of Congress into a second term. Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Democrats won the US House majority, shifting the policy agenda in Washington toward a stalemate after two years of unified GOP control of Congress and the White House.

Pelosi is a "smart woman", Trump said during a almost 90-minute press conference at the White House, and someone with whom he hopes to engage in "beautiful bipartisanship" and deal-making.

Although the Republicans slightly increased their majority in the Senate, the Democratic takeover of the House will have a significant and wide-ranging negative impact on Trump's ability to push through many of his controversial policies, including the so-called Muslim ban, which restricts entry to the U.S. for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. He said today that voters rebuked Senate Democrats over how they treated Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

"We will take our oversight responsibilities seriously, both with respect to the intelligence agencies under our charge but also with respect to any work left undone in the Russian Federation probe by the majority", Schiff told ABC News.

"We're trying to find out what we can do protect Mueller in the best way we possibly can", said Waters.

Noting that his Republican Party retained control of the upper chamber of the US Congress, he said that if Democrats in the House come after him "we've got a thing called the US Senate". Democrats say that will change nearly immediately when the 116th Congress opens on January 3. But congressional inaction on these popular initiatives will become a helpful issue in Trump's reelection.

On Thursday, Waters told Reuters that Democrats had not yet made a decision on whether to use the committee chair's unilateral subpoena power to seek information from the German lender.

He also put the onus on Democrats.

They argue that such favors to Trump include Chinese government trademarks for his companies, payments for hotel room stays and event-space rentals by representatives of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and proceeds from Chinese or Emirati-linked government purchases of office space in Trump Tower.

So far, the administration has ignored their questions.

Even Richard Neal, from MA, a senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, who intends to push for Mr Trump's tax returns, said that launching investigations "cannot be the sole goal of this election".

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, Adam Schiff of California, has pushed for answers on the administration's response to the killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in Turkey.

"I feel like I should sacrifice a goat to take the hex off what you just said", he added.

In fact, McConnell called for "bipartisanship" numerous times and even offered some advice for his Democratic counterparts who retook the House majority and have promised multiple oversight investigations of the president, including a quest for his tax returns. Democratic candidates also won two Supreme Court seats, with one going to Melody Stewart, the first female black judge elected to the state's highest court.

Trump, he said, is a "total opportunist" with "no political ideology" - the kind of politician whose thirst for adulation might, under certain circumstances, lead to his signing, or even championing, just about anything.

In the days leading up to the election, Pelosi, who has been urged by some of her Democratic colleagues not to take up the speaker's gavel again should her party return to power, gave no indication she will loosen her hold on the party.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she is "confident in her support among members and members elect".

Her office hasn't provided an more precise explanation.

A Republican governorship majority coupled with GOP victories in gubernatorial races in battleground states may also boost Trump in 2020, since governors hold veto power over redistricting measures.

And other Democrats, including Jerrold Nadler of NY on Judiciary and Richard Neal of MA on Ways and Means, have their own lists of anticipated inquiries. The members aren't allowed to release them publicly, though. 'The Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for healthcare, a plan for whatever they are looking at'.

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