It Is Not Just The Next President Up For Consideration
Who becomes President is enormously important. However, filling seats in Congress is essential if Trump or Clinton want to achieve their goals. This is why paying attention and voting for the best choice for House of Representatives and Senate is just as important.
The House of Representatives according to the Constitution has certain exclusive powers, including the right to initiate impeachment proceedings and to originate revenue bills. It represents the people and so holds position only for two year terms.
The Senate has several advice and consent powers not granted to the House, including electing the U.S. Vice President in case there is no majority in the Electoral College, consenting to treaties as a precondition to their ratification and consenting to or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trial of federal officials impeached by the House. Those in the Senate are elected for staggered six year terms.
In the past few weeks Pelosi has constantly pushed and alleged that the Democrats hope to become the majority in both congressional groups. The House of Representatives is seen as a slim possibility unless for some reason they manage to overwhelm in the elections. However, the Senate being a more august and lengthy term of office group is really a sticking point. Especially if the House were to prepare impeachment proceedings on Hillary Clinton.
The senate would be the group to watch. The Vice President presides over the senate. Consider all the judges who have been appointed for the last few years.
Democrats have managed to place in position many liberal judges and in at least one to ten have placed Muslims who while presiding over laws of our Constitution have as their background Sharia Law. Many decisions on the lower and federal levels have leaned in favor of the Democrat liberal/socialist platform rather than the letter of the law which is why we should all be worried. As we have seen time and again, their decisions have not been favorable to those of Christian faith or dissenters to unjust laws like abortion, voter identification, and bathrooms often punishing and making disparaging judgment calls rather than ruling according to law. They have been more strongly in favor of politically “correct” language.
As of June 23, 2016, in the House of Representatives, there are 248 Republicans (including 1 Delegate), 192 Democrats (including 4 Delegates and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico), and one vacancy. All 435 seats will be up for election. Additionally, there will be three special elections to fill the final two months of vacancies that were created during the 114th United States Congress.
The Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats, and 2 Independents, who both caucus with the Democrats. Elections to the U.S. Senate this year include a total of 34 of the 100 seats to take office for six years beginning January 2017. Control of the Senate is up for grabs again in 2016. In order to take the chamber back, Democrats need to gain five seats in 2016. The majority of seats up for election are held by Republican incumbents.
If the Democrats gain seats in the senate then there will be every possibility that we see serious conflagrations on issues to stall or dilute any commitments Trump will have made to the citizens. From treaties to wars, a majority controlled Democrat-based senate could create a lot of issues. Consider already the problems that have occurred as a result of Republicans siding with Democrats on contentious issues.
Harry Reid in 2013 changed some important senate rules to advance liberal policies. In particular, he introduced the “nuclear option” which changed filibuster rules to simple majority to give the minority party even less of a voice. This made it easier to approve President Obama’s nominees, except Supreme Court which remained the same, but further divided an already polarized Congress. Consider for instance three prime examples of Democrat and RINO votes overruling commonsense – Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and James Comey.
According to the Politico article, “Dems say Comey letter likely put the House out of reach” by Heather Caygle, Pelosi may not get her wish on a Democrat held House of Representatives. In the weeks before the Comey letter, Pelosi had repeatedly said she thought Democrats could pick up at least 20 seats if momentum stayed on their side. Democrats would have to pick up at least 30 seats to take back the House majority. But Pelosi has since walked back her optimistic forecast.
“Top Democrats have all but ruled out a House takeover, saying fallout from FBI Director James Comey’s decision to publicly revisit the Hillary Clinton email probe days before the election likely derailed their hopes to reclaim the chamber. During an afternoon caucus call Monday, Democratic leaders insisted there was clear indication that several tossup House races had tightened after Comey’s announcement — regardless of the FBI director again clearing Clinton Sunday. Aides estimate House Democrats could now lose up to a dozen seats they were originally hoping to pick up due to the FBI news…”
If you believe the New York Times and other liberal media, the Democrats have a better than fifty percent chance of picking up needed seats for a senate majority this election. Politico only notes that Republicans have twenty-four possible seats to defend while Democrats only have ten. Seven of the Republican seats are definitely in jeopardy. So the odds may be in the Democrat favor especially in non-traditional areas and, if as we have seen, underhanded tactics are being employed along with extremely high dollar backing from DNC and Democrat donors. If there is a decided 50-50 split of seats then anything goes especially if Democrats can yank RINOS to their side.
So voting today is not just about President but about leadership across the board in congress.