Democrats are going to continue to be locked in the minority in the Senate after the election, but they took back control of the House on Tuesday night. Now the opposition will get to wield those coveted gavels, and it will surely put a wrench in President Trump’s agenda. Here, we game out how Congress will exercise its power in the new year.
Even though Republicans held onto the Senate, the dynamics on Capitol Hill will almost certainly change. In the House, the Tea-Party wing is likely to gain more power, since the GOP lost some of its remaining moderates with the retirement of more than 30 senior lawmakers. And in the Senate, Republicans remain wary of ditching the filibuster, so to pass anything in that chamber they’ll still need Democratic support.