Texas hold­ing big keys to the House

With cham­ber pos­si­bly flip­ping, state races are watched

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Bill Lam­brecht WASH­ING­TON BUREAU

WASH­ING­TON — Un­der­ly­ing the bat­tle for the U.S. House is the prospect of big change in what Congress does — and doesn’t do — on is­sues rang­ing from im­mi­gra­tion to health in­sur­ance to taxes.

Demo­cratic con­trol of the House for the first time since 2010 would blunt Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s most con­tro­ver­sial ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing his push to con­struct a border wall.

A Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity also might swiftly re­solve the sta­tus of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of younger im­mi­grants, the so-called Dream­ers, who’ve been un­der tem­po­rary court pro­tec­tion since Trump or­dered can­cel­la­tion of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram, known as DACA.

Polls sug­gest Democrats will gain seats in Tues­day’s elec­tion. But whether they will achieve the net gain of 23 needed to re­take the House is un­cer­tain, largely be­cause nearly all the con­tests con­sid­ered toss-ups are be­ing fought on Repub­li­can-held turf.

Af­ter the 2006 midterm elec­tions, when Democrats wrested House con­trol from the GOP, the im­pact was felt as soon as the fol­low­ing Jan­uary, when then-Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush sped up the Iraq War with a surge of troops.

The reper­cus­sions of a Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity this time could be even wider, re­set­ting the bar­gain­ing on a host of is­sues and trig­ger­ing a new round of par­ti­san strife head­ing into the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion sea­son.

With the GOP likely to re­tain its nar­row ma­jor­ity in the Se­nate, Demo­cratic con­trol of the House and its over­sight com­mit­tees would serve as a check on Repub-

Jerry Lara / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Gina Ortiz Jones is the Demo­cratic can­di­date for Texas’ 23rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is the man Demo­crat Gina Ortiz Jones is tak­ing on in Texas’ 23rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

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