Trump faces new Wash­ing­ton after Dems take House

Merced Sun-Star - - Weather - BY ANITA KU­MAR aku­mar@mc­clatchydc.com

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump awoke to a dif­fer­ent Wash­ing­ton Wed­nes­day, fac­ing for the first time a Demo­cratic House that is both op­posed to his vi­sion for the na­tion and de­ter­mined to in­ves­ti­gate his ad­min­is­tra­tion — a com­bi­na­tion that will make it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish much in his se­cond two years in of­fice.

There are only a hand­ful of is­sues that Trump and a pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic House might try to work on to­gether — spend­ing money to re­pair the na­tion’s high­ways, air­ports and bridges and of­fer­ing tax breaks to mid­dle-class fam­i­lies — but even with those, Repub­li­cans and Democrats are far apart on the de­tails, ac­cord­ing to mem­bers of both par­ties.

House Democrats im­me­di­ately made it clear that they will use their new power to sub­poena doc­u­ments and force ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials to tes­tify about a slew of is­sues from fed­eral agen­cies spend­ing tax­payer money at Trump re­sorts to whether Trump aides col­luded with Rus­sia to in­ter­fere in the 2016 elec­tion.

Many House Democrats who won did so on a mes­sage of hold­ing Trump ac­count­able.

“Mr. Pres­i­dent, ready or not, here we come,” said Demo­crat Donna Sha­lala, who was elected to a district held by a Repub­li­can, as she left the stage of her vic­tory party.

There’s not much time to get any­thing done. Soon, Trump and a slew of Democrats — in­clud­ing a half-dozen or more sen­a­tors — will be run­ning for pres­i­dent, all but en­sur­ing that at­tempts to work on ma­jor leg­is­la­tion will stop after the 2020 race is in full swing later next year.

Some Trump al­lies pre­dict Democrats will take their in­ves­ti­ga­tions too far, which will back­fire on them in 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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