Seattle Times: Fresh start in Congress

November 8, 2018

With what appears to be a striking flip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats have a tremendous opportunity to forge a fresh start.

While Republicans still control the Senate, new House leadership will force a reset of President Donald Trump’s agenda, forcing him and Republicans to dictate less and cooperate more. Democrats will be empowered to investigate a growing list of concerns about the Trump administration.

With a presidential race just around the corner, there’s a risk Congress will retrench and continue to pivot around Trump. But that would be a mistake and ignore the course correction voters made Tuesday, toward a Congress that’s less one-sided and obsequious to the administration and more able to keep each side and the White House in check.

The majority of Americans just want their government to function better. They want more access to more affordable health care, by improving rather than eroding the federal system. They want a reasonable, predictable and well-functioning immigration system. They want continued economic growth and more opportunities for education and financial security.

One opportunity to make progress and help the economy is with an infrastructure spending plan. We’re all ready for Congress to build bridges, literally and figuratively.

— Seattle Times

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