Republicans keep control of Congress

“The Senate will remain in Republican control, after Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R) beat out his Democratic challenger Jason Kander, dashing the Democrats’ hope of a return to power in Congress next year,” as the Washington Post is reporting.

“The House will also remain in Republican control next year, after Democrats made only modest pickups there.

“While a few races were still outstanding as of 3 a.m., Republicans wins in competitive states left no viable pathway for Senate Democrats to seize control from the GOP, despite earlier polling that suggested they were likely to do so.

“Under a Donald Trump presidency, a Republican Congress and White House will be able to attempt sweeping rollbacks of landmark items of Barack Obama’s presidency, including the health-care law known as Obamacare and the nuclear deal with Iran struck last year. The Senate Democrats’ threat of a filibuster would, in many instances, be the only viable block to such legislative efforts.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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