Midterm Elections.. Democrats celebrate, and Republicans stunned

Midterm Elections.. Democrats celebrate, and Republicans stunned
Midterm Elections.. Democrats celebrate, and Republicans stunned

Midterm Elections.. Democrats celebrate, and Republicans stunned

Democrats retained control of the US Senate, handed President Joe Biden a major victory, and dashed Republicans’ hopes of a “red wave” they had been anticipating in the midterm elections.

It is certain that this victory will have a positive impact on the Democratic Party and Biden in the next two years, ie until 2024, when new elections for Congress and the Presidency are organized.

And many opinion polls conducted ahead of the Nov. 8 election expected the Democratic Party to overtake its Democratic rival mostly in hard-fought races and a “red wave,” but Republicans couldn’t get one that often in the election Landslide victory rock the party The President is what party he belongs to and he is currently a Democrat.

The latest data shows that Democrats retained control of the Senate while Republicans came close to winning a majority in the House of Representatives.

Biden, whose popularity was evident in polls ahead of Tuesday’s election partly due to public dissatisfaction with inflation, said the results gave him hope for the rest of his term.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called his party’s control of the Senate a “victory and a defense” for the Democrats and their agenda. He accused the Republican Party of fueling panic and division during the election campaign.

majority reinforcement

AFP says Democrats will control the 50-seat Senate, which has 100 members as in the past two years, without waiting for the outcome of Georgia’s state seat contest, as Vice President Kamala Harris has a casting vote in a tie .

And if Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock wins the December 6 Georgia runoff over Republican challenger Herschel Walker, it would increase the Democrat majority to 51 Republicans to 49 Republicans.

That, in turn, would give Democrats an added advantage in passing bills that can be passed by a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes required for most legislation.

With that 50-50 split over the past two years, Democrats have had to be fully present to pass their party agenda and ensure Biden’s nominees are supported.

newspaper says Politically A majority (50-50) was also a problem for the party, as the committees had an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, which required the presence of all Republican Party members to pass the names of the candidates and pass amendments, which resorted to the Senate , when the committee has reached an impasse with the nominations or projects.

And if Warnock keeps his Georgia seat, Democrats will be able to pass their bills from committees with a majority of their members on those committees.

Trump’s popularity

Former President Donald Trump’s focus throughout the year was on the midterm election, using his still popular popularity among conservatives to influence the Republican Party’s selection of congressional and local candidates.

With the Republicans performing unexpectedly, even if they achieve a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, Trump faces accusations of backing candidates who failed to attract enough voters, according to AFP.

The loss of the Republican Party candidate in Georgia, who is backed by the former president, could hurt his popularity at a time when his advisers say he is considering announcing his candidacy in the presidential election scheduled for 2024 this week.

The result, in turn, could increase the chances of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who defeated his Democratic rival last Tuesday, to challenge Trump after two years for the Republican presidential nomination.

Biden’s push

Before the election, it was expected that the President’s (Democratic) party would lose 25 or 30 seats in the House of Representatives and be in a clear minority in the Senate. That result would have been taken as a public rejection of Biden, increasing the pressure on him to run for a second term.

But in return, Biden’s standing within his party has been boosted, and his advisers are now more confident in speaking about his intention to run for a second term.

Appointments in government and the judiciary

The continued control of Democrats also means they can support Biden’s nominees for judge and executive positions, as well as potential Supreme Court nominations due to a vacancy in one of the seats there.

Noting that Democrats are now in a position to confirm Biden’s nominations for another two years, Politico notes that the judiciary’s appointments are the “grand prize” that came with their Senate victory.

Democratic control of the Senate means Biden will avoid the challenge that former Democratic President Barack Obama faced when he tried to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court during his last term in office in 2016.

At the time, Republicans, who controlled the House of Representatives, prevented Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination hearings until the end of Obama’s presidency.

The move eventually led to Trump filling that seat and two others, shifting the Supreme Court to the right and opening the door for him to hear the Roe v. Undo Wade last June.

Following recent Democrat victories, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed the Senate’s continued appointment of judges.

“With two more years of a Democratic majority in the Senate, we will build on our historic pace of judicial ratification and ensure the federal court more accurately reflects America’s diversity,” he said in a statement.

Democrats have ratified 84 judges so far and currently have 57 candidates.

Other results

Democrats’ control of the Senate also means fewer hearings on the performance of the Biden administration, which Senate Republicans have committed to if they win.

For Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a majority in the Senate also means Biden can easily move around international treaties.

The results will also be reflected in negotiations with Republicans over a broader spending package later this year, an issue that requires bipartisan approval.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described his party’s control of the Senate as “victory and defense.”

she says Bloomberg Many Democratic senators are trying to raise the debt ceiling, while Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy is trying to use the issue as leverage to push through spending cuts.

However, according to Bloomberg, Democrats have an opportunity to raise the credit limit before Congress is sworn in if party members remain closed.

Possible legislative deadlock

But there are also concerns that a naturally divided Congress could lead to an impasse on legislation.

If Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, the Senate can unilaterally block Republican bills. Republicans had pledged to scrap climate change initiatives and introduce new tax initiatives if Biden won the House of Representatives.

Thus, by retaining a majority in the Senate, Democrats can counter attempts by the Republican Party to end Biden’s initiatives of the past two years.

But the GOP’s control of the House of Representatives would be enough to quash any hopes that Biden will pass a sweeping legislative agenda in the next two years.

It’s also possible that if Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, Biden will rely more heavily on the use of executive orders, as he did in August when he announced a sweeping student debt relief plan.

Biden and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell have a track record of reaching out since Biden served as vice president between 2009 and 2017.

And the two may need to work together again to find a solution to the debt ceiling issue and avoid a government shutdown.

So far, McConnell has given no explicit indication of what deals might be reached, other than saying that the White House and Republican Congress might be able to agree on providing additional military aid to Ukraine.

Other issues that are enjoying some bipartisan support, according to Bloomberg, are confronting China, boosting international trade and speeding up energy project approvals.


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