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Republicans Take Control of the Congress

November 9, 2014
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U.S. President Obama hosts a luncheon for bi-partisan Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in Washington

President Obama with House Speaker John Boehner on the left and the new Senate leader, Mitch McConnell on the right. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

Barack Obama is still President. He will be in office until January 20, 2017. Republicans now control both the Senate and the House of Representatives. These bodies are where the nation’s laws are made.

Republican governors will be in charge of 31 states. Most of these states are in the Midwest and South.

The election was not good news for lower-income families and undocumented migrants.

Hopes for expanding Medicaid to cover more people were crushed. Twenty-three states did not choose the new Medicaid program when Affordable Health Care started in 2013. This means more than three million people are left without access to health care under Medicaid. They will continue to go to emergency rooms and clinics for lower-income families.

The sentiment of the country put Republicans in charge.

For Democrats to win elections, young people, women and minorities have to vote in large numbers. Turnout is the number of registered voters who go to the polls. Fewer than 40 percent of eligible voters actually voted in this election.

Immigration reform faces big hurdles. Republicans will try to increase the number of H1B visas. They also will try to make it easier for foreign students who have graduated from college with technical degrees to stay in America. Legal status for most of the undocumented will not be addressed.

Meanwhile, President Obama may well follow through on his plans to use his presidential powers to advance the interests of the undocumented. This will trigger a major dispute between the President and Congress.

At stake for Republicans is a legislative record they can take to country in the 2016 presidential election. The changing face of the electorate is their challenge, as minorities are more of the population every year.

Source: USA Today November 6, 2014

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