Trump faces new Washington after Dems take House
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.