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November 8, 2018

What the U.S. Midterms Mean for the Rest of the World


Following the high-stakes November 6 midterms, Quartz discussed with professionals like Holland & Knight Partner Seth Stodder the effects that the power turnover in the House of Representatives could have on the Trump Administration's agenda and international affairs.

Though Republicans kept control of the Senate—which, in many ways is stronger than the other part of Congress due to its members' longer terms and their ability to confirm judges and cabinet appointments—the new Democratic majority in the House may prove problematic for the administration. More progressive, diverse politicians were elected as representatives and, along with other members of their party, will have a hand in how money is allocated and spent at the State Department and on U.S. borders and what issues the government focuses on overseas. Probably most significant of all is the fact that the House Investigation Committee has the capability to open new investigations into President Trump and his peers.

Mr. Stodder commented specifically on one of the president's signature promises: the border wall with Mexico. Since the House will have the power to approve or disapprove any spending to fund it, it may be less likely to happen in this term.

"While doing a deal with the Dems on the border wall might be in his interest, I don’t know what the Democrats would get out of this," said Mr. Stodder, a former assistant secretary for Homeland Security. He added that because the newly elected Democrats are "a progressive caucus," they are unlikely to want to "horse trade with Trump."

Still, according to Mr. Stodder, "There might be grounds for a deal on DACA, on some wall funding, or on agricultural visas or H1B visas," assuming that the White House is willing to make more compromises than it has in the past.

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