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Published: Tue, November 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Congressional GOP pledges swift action on Trump's agenda


"My family and I congratulate President-elect Trump on his decisive victory, and we pray that he will lead wisely and faithfully keep his oath to a Constitution of limited government", Sasse said in a statement.

David Johnson, of Ocheyedan, who earlier this year rescinded his Republican affiliation in protest of GOP presidential candidate and now President-elect Donald Trump.

And in some cases Republicans themselves might be the barrier.

President Barack Obama hands over the White House to Republican Donald Trump in 70 days, leaving the Democratic Party leaderless and with few up-and-coming stars among its aging stalwarts. It will take painstaking and potentially lengthy negotiations to come up with a solution.

Republican donors who did not support Trump, too, were coming around. All that flies in the face of Republican Party orthodoxy - and the list goes on. John McCain of Arizona who un-endorsed Trump after audio emerged of him boasting of groping women.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, said she hoped the Legislature could find ways to give schools more flexibility in using state resources but they've been blocked by the teachers' union.

The 2004 election actually solidified the Republican lead in the Senate and House, but Bush's high favorable numbers after invading Iraq were enough to change the cycle. The normally reserved McConnell even seemed to adopt Trump's hyperbolic rhetorical style, declaring their encounter "a first-class meeting".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said numerous candidates in the House rode Trump's coat-tails, giving them a much bigger house majority than they expected. Getting Trump to go along with that priority would be very tough, given his rhetoric on the campaign trail. As President Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth". "We're going to move very strongly on immigration". Again, we may not agree on how to fix the Veterans Administration health care system, but most of us realize it needs work.

As for specifics, there were none. But he also suggested that Trump will be best served by sidestepping Congress altogether and moving through administrative or executive action, when possible. That means numerous same issues that were gridlocked in the Legislature in the past are likely to remain so, including, the Dream Act, which would provide college aid to children of undocumented immigrants, abortion rights measures, and ending the incarceration of 16 and 17-year-olds in adult prisons.

Republicans saw their majorities in the House and Senate reduced, but not by much, as Democrats' hopes of retaking Senate control vanished. He defeated former legislator Kathy Tyler, D-Big Stone City, for the District 4 slot that was held by the retiring Sen. They will be favored to increase that number to 20 when a December 27 special election is held to fill vacancy created by the recent passing of Sen. In two states (Indiana and Missouri) it can fairly be said that Trump probably helped the GOP sweep the contested races down the ticket, as Trump ran between 9 and 16 points ahead of the Senate and Governor candidates (partly because their opponents were more suited to those states than Hillary Clinton was; also only one of the four Republicans, Roy Blunt, was an incumbent). The truth was that Democrats were far more dependent on white working-class voters than many believed. "President-elect Trump has a significant opportunity to bring our nation together", McConnell said.

At a post-election news conference, McConnell declined to endorse Trump's signature border wall with Mexico. And though Ryan and McConnell both had well-publicized reservations about Trump, both were quick to declare that the newly elected president deserved the credit.

Democrats had been almost certain of retaking control of the Senate but saw their hopes fizzle as endangered GOP incumbents won in Missouri, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and even Democrat-friendly Wisconsin. Roberts said "mounds of grain" are sitting on the ground in Kansas, waiting for customers.

When reporters pressed Ryan about his relationship with Trump, he said, "I think our relationship is fine". Well, with the final results in, we can take a look at how that pattern played out with statewide candidates in both the Senate and Governor's races. "So, we'll work on it".

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