Listen: Explainer 147: What will House Democrats do with their newfound power?
"Tonight. I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. A new year, and you congress the same. Donald Trump two thousand nineteen is already looking like is going to be a confrontational year in US politics debate. If you will the extent the Blue Wave in November's midterms, but regardless the Democrats are back fresh-faced from the holiday break with newly acquired control of the capital's lower chamber, the house of representatives the looming question. What will they do? Then you potentcy on the hill. Every call you made every joy, you're not giving text you sent every conversation. You had made the difference between winning and losing in this election. Thanks to you. We owned the ground. Thanks to you. Tomorrow will be a new day in America before we get to carry away. It's worth noting a few points and clipping ever-so-slightly those wings firstly, the democratic majority is slightly less. Twenty one seats to be exact then the last time the party one house control a little over eight years ago. And they also remains the fact that the upper chamber the Senate remains firmly in Republican hands meaning the potential for legislation passed by the house to be quashed by Republican adversities is constant then the chance of internal fighting much has been made of the new makeup of the house, and whether the different factions within democratic ranks a pulling in different directions too much has arguably been made if this despite the election of a young. Unapologetically progressive set of legislators who have promised that constituents that they will hold their president to account and question, the old gods grip on politics. The houses makeup is certainly diverse with a Sadove at twenty three percent of the chamber now female two thousand and nineteen is the best showing today. Even if the US is quest for gender parity is lagging when compared to much of the rest of the world alongside two new native American legislators, congress now also includes its first elected Palestinian American woman. It was said Palestinian American a from Michigan Rashida to live who caused the newly in stored house speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the aforementioned old God and back in the job for a second time to win slightly when she was cool too. Video addressing a crowd in a bar and promising love you and you win when your son looks at you and says, look you won bullies don't win. And I said, maybe they don't because we're going to go on their mother fucker. And that's the rotunda elephant in the room right there. What will Democrats do about the thing? They clearly itching to do Pelosi has been cool shis about the notion of impeachment saying that it was far from inevitable going fast, a cool it divisive and saying that would need to be a bipartisan agreement Pelosi who essentially struck a deal with her house colleagues in returning to the speakership by saying she wouldn't remain in power beyond four years is also clearly being pragmatic, although the house of representatives investigates and votes on grounds for impeachment. It's the Senate job to approve a trial, and it would need a two-thirds majority to remove the president from office something it didn't manage to achieve with Clinton for now, we can expect Democrats in the house to shine a light on some of the more unsavory aspects of. The Trump presidency today eight including family separations, and perhaps even using house committee. Subpoena powers to get the hands on Trump's tax returns. Something that would prove a protracted legal fight. Whatever the case, and despite the potential for fervent social media outburst from the new darling of the left. The Bronx is fledgling house member twenty nine year old Alexandria oak. Casio Cortes, Democrats are broadly. You know, heated that rural blue collar base has largely been wiped out by the Trump train, which simply put means few at conservative Democrats with the potential to thwart and gender in the house. If there's one thing the House Democrats seem universally agreed on it's an aversion to the president expect and on mighty bun fight then as this year progresses. No, president should pound the table in demand. He gets his way or else. The government shuts down hurting millions of Americans were treated as leverage as for the efficacy of that fight surely two years of this administration have taught you nor. To try and predict and sadly much of what we heard from President Trump's throughout this sense of shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice the president has chosen fear. We wanna start with the facts in New York, I'm at stock."