Texas holding big keys to the House
With chamber possibly flipping, state races are watched
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-
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.