Republicans Are Now The Majority In The House & Senate, What Does This Mean For Americans?

Republican Thom Tillis reacts after the results of the U.S. midterm elections in Charlotte, North Carolina
AP Reuters: Republican Thom Tillis and wife celebrate victory in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Last night in a historic fashion, Republicans swept the nation in statewide and local midterm elections. For the Senate race, Republicans gained 7 seats  by winning respectively in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. This comes as a huge win because the Senate only needed 5 to create a balance of power at 50 Republicans & 50 Democrats (All 50 states each have 2 Senators to equal 100 total ). Before this election the Senate was controlled by the Democrats at 53, Republicans 45, Independent  2.

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The result of a controlled House and Senate will stem many problems for President Obama and his staff within the last 2 years of his tenure as president. A government controlled by a particular party pretty much means “whatever we say goes”.

For Example, “How is a Bill Made”?:

1) A bill begins when a Representative has an idea or  citizen contacts their local Congressman with an idea of their own. If a Congressman agrees with the proposed idea, the Representative can gather the necessary information to write an idea into a bill.

2) When a bill is written, it then needs a sponsor who will discuss with other representatives to help support the bill.

3) When a bill has the necessary support, it’s introduced in the House in front of all 435 Congressman with the name H.R. followed by a number (i.e. H.R.748 – Universal National Service Act).

4) Once a bill has a name, it’s sent to a special committee by the Speaker of the House. Once the bill is set to go before a vote, the bill is then reported back to the House and debated ( to view the Pros & Cons of the bill).

5) When a bill is set, the bill is then voted on. The majority of votes, “yay” or “nay”, will determine if the said bill is eligible to pass to the Senate.

6) Once a bill is passed to the Senate, they too will take the bill to a vote in the same manner as the House of Congress.

7) If a bill passes, the bill is then proposed to the president from the Senate. The president then has the option to sign the bill or veto it. If a president vetoes a bill the bill goes back to the House of Congress and the U.S. Senate. If two-thirds of the Representatives and Senators agree with the bill, the President’s veto is overridden and the bill becomes a law enforced by the government.

What does this mean for president Obama and America?

Just like any president, Obama has his own ideologies and belief. Because he is a Democrat and neo-liberal, his ideologies are much different from the current Republican dominated House of Congress AND NOW Senate. Obviously this will create a huge problem for the President because any bill he doesn’t agree on will most likely have the power to be overridden. Moreover, the bills Obama wants to push during the last two years of his tenure will most likely never even pass the House. Ultimately, this could mean Republicans will utilize the president as a puppet to build partisan support right before the 2016 Presidential election.

For Americans, this can be good or bad news depending on what notions we individually support. One thing is for certain, however, if you didn’t vote, DO NOT COMPLAIN. 

In a time where younger citizens want higher wages, less tuition costs, better education funding, and equal pay, millenials ironically didn’t show up to vote.

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Why are millenials so disengaged in politics?

It could be a result of the numerous distractions that inundate our computers and iPhones. Or it could simply be the  apathetic notions we so easily bear in the 21st century. Regardless of the reason, everyone will be affected by the results of this years midterm elections, especially young voters! Let’s just hope the people elected make the best decisions for our society and not for political interest gains.