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What Happens Now that Democrats Have Won Control of the House? Brace Yourself

11-07-2018
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WASHINGTON – A big change is coming to America. Now that the Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives, what actually happens?

One big difference will be in the priorities Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) pushed and which priorities House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will push if her party gives her the gavel again.

"Paul Ryan wants lower taxes, lower spending," The Heritage Foundation's Tommy Binion told CBN News. "He wants to focus on the economy. Nancy Pelosi wants to focus on social issues. Nancy Pelosi wants to raise taxes. She wants to spend more. She wants to investigate President Trump."

Binion suggests the angry political division in the country could also have a huge impact, noting the "scores of investigations into the president, his administration, his family members, his actions; launching impeachment proceedings."

There's also the possibility of Democrats taking a totally different course and deciding to work with the president on issues like infrastructure and prison reform.

But they can't take both paths, Binion notes. "You can't simultaneously be the resist movement empowered in the halls of Congress and be working towards impeaching the president and be working with him on a shared agenda," he said.

Pelosi says a very top priority is making sure LGBTQ rights trump any others – like a baker's religious right to not make a gay wedding cake, as in the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips.

"People of faith like Jack Phillips would be required to help them celebrate their weddings and things such as that. They want a federal law to that effect," Binion explained.

Meanwhile, efforts to limit abortion will be derailed. "Republicans have been making progress on a 20-week abortion ban," Binion told CBN News. " Progress on that, at least in the House, will stop," and likely reverse course under Democrats.

Specifically, Binion predicts "more funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers."

"No matter where your political loyalties lie, this is for certain: Democrats winning the House means the path these lawmakers have been going down the last couple of years is certainly going to change."

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