McConnell says Trump 'very helpful' in GOP holding Senate

Lloyd Doyle
November 9, 2018

"So much of what the House can do is not through writing a bill that will have to be agreed to by the Senate and signed by the president".

"The question for me on this whole leadership issue is not who leads us, it's more a question of how we're led", the six-term Democratic congressman said in an interview Wednesday.

Asked about comments from some Democrats that now in the majority they would seek his income tax returns, which unlike previous presidents Trump has refused to make public, Trump repeated prior explanations that they were under audit and his lawyers have told him not too. "Two can play that game!" the president wrote on Twitter on November 7.

Several major races are still pending.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed Baker winning about two-thirds of the vote in his race against Democrat Jay Gonzalez, including solid showings in Democratic-leaning urban areas of MA.

In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. Republicans devoted their resources to close races, not to trying to prevent Democrats from running up the score in urban areas. The Senate was always an uphill battle for Democrats, who needed to defend 26 of the 35 seats in play, compared to just 9 for the Republicans. Obama's first midterm vote in 2010 saw 63 House of Representative seats and six Senate seats switch from Democratic to Republican.

Republicans won governor races in the traditionally blue states of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maryland.

Whatever the final tally, Democrats' majority will be slim enough that they'll have to worry about defectors on both the right and left wings of their party.

Trump vowed a "warlike posture" if the Democrats pursued such investigations.

"It really could be a lovely, bipartisan type of situation".

"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.

"I think I'm better at that game than they are, actually, but we'll find out".

Mrs. Pelosi, too, offer grand visions of deals.

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added. "But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations.

For the most part, Republicans of the 115th Congress handed Trump a "blank cheque".

Gideon said her new caucus, which includes 49 women and 40 men, was very much aligned with Mills and the incoming governor's agenda.

The GOP "had a very good day" Tuesday despite the House loss, McConnell said.

In February, Trump proposed a fund to spend $1.5 trillion to fix the infrastructure mess, with the government putting up $200 billion and the private sector kicking in the rest. On legislative prospects, Trump said he could potentially work with Democrats on issues such as taxes, infrastructure and health care, saying it "really could be a lovely, bipartisan type of situation".

"Areas for legislative agreement will be more limited", he said.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

With any luck, the USMCA defeat also convinces Trump to have second thoughts about his costly trade war.

Mr Trump ran the same sort of bruising and divisive campaign that he used to win the presidency.

He said that holds true for the spending bills Congress must still negotiate by early December. What Putin would not favor would be investigations or sanctions that would further damage the well-connected Russian oligarchs believed to have links to Trump, or to have helped fund USA meddling efforts. Democrats Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp were all defeated in their Republican leaning states. Meanwhile, one sitting Republican, Sen. He predicted an "invasion" from the migrant caravan making its way toward the US and decried the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi.

The Republican Senate candidate was also leading in Arizona while Democrats picked up a Republican Senate seat in Nevada.

Republicans have held the South Dakota governor's mansion for decades - the last Democrat was elected all the way back in 1978 - but Noem will still make history in 2019 as the first female governor.

Comstock lost by more than 12 points to Democrat Jennifer Wexton.

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