Your Local Election HQ: Democrats Take the House


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  President Obama once said “elections have consequences.”The mid-terms are over and the balance of power in DC has shifted.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick talked with some political experts who give us their thoughts on the impact now that the Democrats control the house.

It was one of the most contentious mid-term elections in the history of the United States. So say the watchers of Washington. Democrats seized control of the house by at least 32 seats. King’s College Political Science Professor Dr. Dave Sosar says the Democrats can move on their agenda. And give a greater push back to president trump on key issues. Unless they get bogged down in political rhetoric like that which we saw in the months leading up to the mid-terms.

  “If the Democrats get embroiled in simply just investigations and do not pass legislation and cross the aisle as many have said they will then I see a government that is going to be locked into place doing nothing.”

 Sosar says that could haunt the Democratic Party two years down the road during the presidential election.

  “The healthcare was a major issue in this campaign and so far right now I’ve not heard one democrat talk about healthcare.”

Environmental groups. Such as “Action Together” based in Luzerne County– are also closely watching how this new power structure plays out.

  “I hope the Democrats, once they come in, are going to be able to go back to the regulations that Obama put in place to keep methane levels low to keep coal emissions low and to clean up our air and water.” Said Scott Cannon, Action Together

Republican lawmakers argue that it was those Obama era regulations on American companies that held back the economy..they insist that there can be a balance in which the environment can be protected while at the same time not stunting the growth of businesses.

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