As Capitol Hill balance of power shifts, local Dem, GOP representatives react
There were no major surprises in the outcome of most local congressional races Tuesday, but the way they get things done on Capitol Hill is about to change.
Less than 24 hours after the final vote tally. two re-elected Mid-Michigan congressmen are already reviewing their agendas and priorities.
When representatives Paul Mitchell and Dan Kildee returned from Capitol Hill to their home districts for Tuesday's election, the Republicans were in control of the house.
Yesterday, the Democrats ended up seizing control of the house.
Now, both Kildee and Mitchell are already planning for January's transfer of power.
For Kildee, this will be the first time his party will be in the majority since he took office in 2013.
"The biggest focus for me is to try to find policies that support the most stressed regions of our country, our older industrial corridors, for example, that have a real struggle, have old infrastructure and many times workers that don't have the skills necessary to compete in the new economy. We can fix that,” said Kildee.
"There are things we disagree about, homeland security being one. Our borders, that's something. And immigration we're going to talk about. They didn't vote for the immigration package we had. The question is, do they have a better idea? Because I voted for both of them because I feel it would resolve the issue of the status of DACA recipients and dealt with the larger immigration issues. So, we'll see what the priorities are,” said Mitchell.
Congressman Mitchell says the Republicans will become aware of what those priorities will be, come January 4th, when the 116th session of Congress will convene.
That's also when Representative Nancy Pelosi most likely will, once again, become the Speaker of the House.