Northeast Ohio's U.S. House of Representatives members say they hope divided government won't be a total legislative bust over the next two years and that a president who sold himself to voters as a deal maker will be able to reach some agreements with Democrats.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sure, Democrats will use their newfound control of the U.S. House of Representatives to block many of President Donald Trump’s policy initiatives and investigate matters like his taxes, whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and his ouster on Wednesday of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump struck a conciliatory note in a post-election White House press conference, calling House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi “a very capable” person and saying he hopes to work with her on issues like “economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs.”
At her own press conference, Pelosi said she hopes Democrats can work with Trump on issues like drug costs and boosting the nation’s infrastructure by improving schools, housing, water systems, and internet access.
President Trump fired Jeff Sessions for one reason: to undermine the Mueller investigation.
Congress must act to protect Mueller and allow the investigation to be completed. https://t.co/qv7vU7xAWR
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) November 7, 2018
Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan said that cooperating with Democrats on an agenda to benefit the working class would give Trump a chance “to keep some of the campaign promises that he made.”
“He talked about having the wealthiest pay more taxes and making sure people had affordable health care,” said Ryan. “I think we should give him an opportunity to do that.”
Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur said the new regime will give Democrats a chance to “distinguish ourselves legislatively and not have our positions convoluted because they have never been able to get to the floor.”
“I think the American people have given us a chance to provide some balance in representation to the country,” said Kaptur.
Bainbridge Township GOP Rep. Dave Joyce predicts there would be bipartisan support for infrastructure legislation to fix highways, repair ports and replace failing bridges. Doing so would employ many American workers and help U.S. industries like steel and concrete, said Joyce.
“I would hope that Democrats would appreciate the fact that you have a president who would probably work with them if they come up with sensible solutions to things,” said Joyce. “There are a lot of serious issues this country needs to address.”
Holmes County Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs said he’s hopeful that Democrats will want to work with Trump on infrastructure issues, as Northeast Ohio’s U.S. House of Representatives members say they hope divided government won’t be a total legislative bust over the next two years and that a president who sold himself to voters as a deal maker will be able to reach some agreements with Democrats.well as matters like immigration and securing the U.S. border.
“The status quo we have now on illegal immigration is not acceptable,” said Gibbs. “I hope they want to come to the table and work. The president wants to secure our border, reform the visa program and have a pathway to citizenship for those who deserve it. I know the president is definitely ready to work with them on that, and the president wants to do infrastructure. We will see if their deeds match their words.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 7, 2018
Champaign County GOP Rep. Jim Jordan – who is running for House Republican Leader – says Democratic control will make it tougher to achieve Republican goals like securing the border, reforming the Affordable Care Act, and instituting work requirements for welfare programs.
He said Democratic chairmen of investigative House committees “will be coming after the administration” when they take control and Republicans “have to be willing to aggressively push back when they are doing all the investigations they are talking about.”
Trump said he will adopt “a warlike” posture if Democrats begin investigating him.
“If that happens, then we’re going to do the same thing and government comes to a halt,” Trump said.
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