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The blue wave Democratic voters were hoping for has swept through the House of Representatives and carried Democrats to power. With Colin Allred of Texas being declared the victor by the Cook Political Report, the Democrats have locked in a majority in the House of Representatives for the next two years.

What does this mean for the next two years of policy? First and foremost, it means anti-corruption legislation.

A House resolution already solidified a package of reforms that Democrats seek. This agenda would expand voting rights, rein in the influence of lobbying and increase the money available from public financing of elections.

“I think it needs to be [first], and I’m sure it will be a top priority of ours,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland). “I’m hoping that it’s the first or second bill this fall. It’s just that important.”

While anti-corruption legislation is always popular with voters, it has a special significance in the era of Trump. The President recently backtracked on a pledge to match contributions to his reelection campaign in what was just the latest step of making money off of the Presidency.

But anti-corruption legislation is also of special significance in the House, where four sitting Republican representatives face corruption allegations. From Rep. Chris Collins (R-New York) and allegations of insider trading to Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia) whose campaign staff allegedly forged the signatures needed for an independent candidate to get on the ballot.

Democrats are also interested in infrastructure spending and prescription drug prices, both issues that the Trump Administration has attempted to tackle in the past to negligible success.

What likely won’t be on the table any time soon is impeachment.

“Look; I know a lot of people talked about impeachment, clearly a lot of people who didn’t vote for Trump and wish he weren’t president. However, impeachment is an extraordinarily serious issue to consider,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), the current House Minority Whip, told NPR. “I think that first of all, we have a special investigation Robert Mueller is conducting … and there’ll be time to look at that and see what causes there are.”

It’s also worth considering the possible outcome of impeaching Donald Trump.

 

Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.

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