Midterm trends threaten GOP House majority

by LISA HAGEN | thehill
April 10, 2017

Republicans control both the House and Senate, but the unified GOP Congress might not last past the midterms. House Republicans are seeing signs that Democrats could take a significant number of House seats in the 2018 elections.

President Trump’s approval ratings currently sit in the low 40s — a historic low for this point in a presidency. The GOP Congress, meanwhile, has achieved no major legislative goals in Trump’s first 70 days in office.

Questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign continue to cast a shadow over the government and distract from the party’s legislative efforts.

Enthusiasm on the left is high, giving Democrats hope that they will fill their coffers and increase voter turnout in special elections such as the nationally watched House special election in Georgia.

54 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    I have heard that California is considering a re-call election to replace Nancy Pelosi because her stupid remarks are embarrasing the intelligentcia of that State. Remember – “We had to pass the ACA to find out what was in it”. nd some of her other remarks about Trump having “horns” on his head. I predict that a lot of “dyed -in-the-wool” Democrats WILL NOT return to Washington D.C.after their re-election campaign because the voters are dissatisfied with their actions.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    The RINO’s are going down!! Do not forget!…….

    Under Paul Ryan’s e/GOP RINO leadership, they funded Obama’s muslim RAPEfugee and illegal alien invasion!

    Paul Ryan Betrays America: $1.1 Trillion, 2,000-Plus Page Omnibus Bill Funds ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’

    by STEPHEN K. BANNON & JULIA HAHN -16 Dec 2015


    Paul Ryan’s first major legislative achievement is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill.

    (1) Ryan’s Omnibus Fully Funds DACA

    (2) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Sanctuary Cities

    (3) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs

    (4) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent Years

    (5) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Illegal Alien Resettlement

    (6) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds the Release of Criminal Aliens

    (7) Ryan’s Omnibus Quadruples H-2B Foreign Worker Visas

    (8) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens

    (9) Ryan’s Omnibus Locks-In Huge Spending Increases

    (10) Ryan’s Omnibus Fails to Allocate Funds to Complete the 700-Mile Double-Layer Border Fence That Congress Promised the American People

    Ryan’s omnibus serves a second and equally chilling purpose. By locking in the President’s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryan’s bill is designed to keep these fights out of Congress by getting them off the table for good.

    Delivering Obama these wins–and pushing these issues beyond the purview of Congress–will suppress public attention to the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment’s preferred presidential contenders, who favor President Obama’s immigration agenda.

    >>> The Paul Ryan e/GP RINO leadership was 100% complicit in enabling Obama’s treasonous agenda!

  • justinwachin says:

    The House’s biggest problem is their poor leadership. Speaker Ryan seems to have a natural talent for rescuing defeat from the jaws of victory. I don’t understand how this guy could have such a hard time understanding what voters expressed on election day. At one time I thought he was a bright and rising star in the Republican Party. His star seems to have lost a lot of its luster.

  • mudguy1 says:

    The unified GOP, what a joke. As long as the Rino’s control the GOP they will never be unified. Until they get what it takes to be unified that will never keep the majority in congress for more than 4 years,

  • champion2211 says:

    Sorry but I see it quite the opposite with more Democrats leaving the Senate. Just because the people have had enough of the dictator style of the Democrats.

  • Dallas Freestone says:

    If so VETO, VETO, VETO

  • duncmck says:

    many people that put president trump in office are horrified about a war in the middle east and with russia.he was going to take down isis but America would not be a world police dept.hes being manipulated .by great people and evil warhawks .even if trumps looses his base .the sovereign individualist and nationalism movements will be many times stronger..socialism is a cancer .soo many people know it now.the elitists globalist tynants are soft marxists .we know this .the congress will be vetted even further into the sovereign individual citizen base on constitutional principles ..the constitution is becoming very cool again..the counter culture is coming on board in a big way .this wasn’t just trump .now we have the freedom fever to..i once drank the fake collectivist coolaid.

  • Webb says:

    One reason nothing ever gets done in Congress…
    It’s the next Election…The next election interferes with what the elected should be spending legislative time on..
    If this Nation is waking up to Liberals Negative Governing…Then 2018 will be like 2016 with more Republicans elected to Congress…
    Democrats are starting now…Keep America Constitutional – Vote Republican!!

    1. mudguy1 says:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6482782ae4e431e3b786793fed282b2cc779bb5de4080dff11d71aa10db5c429.jpg As long as the Rino’s control the GOP less Republicans will be elected in 2018. The nation will be waking up to the fact that the Rino’s don’t mean to keep what they promised, People are tired of voting for Republicans and then they turn in to being Rino’s.
      “Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us”
      Fool us a third time and you will lose our vote,

  • Tiger says:

    I don’t believe a word of this article especially the rating. Trump is making headway daily on his promises and he now has the respect of the world and our country is believed again by our allies in the ME and around the world.

    Now as to his daughter and that liberal, democrat, Clinton loving and Obama administration loving son-in-law Trump would be wise to get them out of the WH and out of his dealings. They are bringing him down and he best get his old team back.

    As to the Democrats getting up again I doubt it, O left everyone behind including the party and they are nothing around the world. They will loose more seats.

    1. American Me says:

      Sounds like a FAKE News story to me too.I also don’t like that his daughter and son in law are there.I am hoping Trump knows what he is doing.I am also hoping that Republicans aren’t dumb enough to sit out the next election and give the DUMB O CRATS a chance at a come back.We must keep them out of our Government and remove as many as possible.

      1. Tiger says:

        He has to get his family out of the nation’s business.

        1. Retired says:

          Until Democrats stop wasting time and stalling his appointments , what can he do right now ??? Schumer is his biggest problem next to the leakers running to the media .

          1. Tiger says:

            He can tell Ivanka and her husband they cannot be a part of his administration because his base is not happy with their ideas and they are detrimental to his presidency. PERIOD.

  • texexpatriate says:

    This little opinion piece is from The Hill, a Democrat propaganda publication. However, if the GOP does not get down to business and perform, and I mean perform conservatively, many people will stay at home in 2018 and the Dems could take the Congress. The GOP does not seem to care.

  • Walter Flatt says:




    IF NOT,








    1. American Me says:

      I’m pretty sure you are very close to the truth.I also believe that was Obama’s plan and if they are stupid enough to try then we better be ready to stand up and take them down.Stock up on supplies and be prepared just in case.It will be open season on Muslims.I don’t think anybody is really that Ignorant.Better safe than sorry though.

      1. Mike Thomas says:

        coat your ammo with bacon grease

    2. Retired says:

      You left out Clinton and Huma ???? Don’t forget the part that the UN played in this

    3. CharlieSeattle says:

      Uhh, The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 is VOID! Stop citing It! The 1965 revision removed ALL the common sense immigration restrictions.

      Three Decades of Mass Immigration: The Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act – By CIS September 1995


      Under the old system, admission largely depended upon an immigrant’s country of birth. Seventy percent of all immigrant slots were allotted to natives of just three countries — United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany — and went mostly unused, while there were long waiting lists for the small number of visas available to those born in Italy, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and elsewhere in eastern and southern Europe.

      The new system eliminated the various nationality criteria, supposedly putting people of all nations on an equal footing for immigration to the United States. The new legislation (P.L. 89 236; 79 Stat. 911; technically, amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952) substituted a system based primarily on family reunification and needed skills.

      In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, President Johnson criticized the old policy at the signing ceremony:

      “This system violates the basic principle of American democracy — the principle that values and rewards each man on the basis of his merit as a man. It has been un-American in the highest sense, because it has been untrue to the faith that brought thousands to these shores even before we were a country.” (Johnson, Lyndon B., Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1966, pp. 1037-1040.)

      Despite the noble words, the architects of the 1965 law did not see it as a means of significantly changing the immigration flow — it was considered more a symbolic act, an extension of civil rights sentiments beyond our borders. Proponents repeatedly denied that the law would lead to a huge and sustained increase in the number of newcomers and become a vehicle for globalizing immigration. Many senators and representatives believed that the new, equal quotas would not be fully used by European, Asian, and Middle Eastern nations. In addition, they did not foresee the expansion of non-quota admissions (those not covered by numerical limits) under the act’s strengthened provisions for family reunification.

      The unexpected result has been one of the greatest waves of immigration in the nation’s history — more than 18 million legal immigrants since the law’s passage, over triple the number admitted during the previous 30 years, as well as uncountable millions of illegal immigrants. And the new immigrants are more likely to stay (rather than return home after a time) than those who came around the turn of the century. Moreover, this new, enlarged immigration flow came from countries in Asia and Latin America which heretofore had sent few of their sons and daughters to the United States. And finally, although the average level of education of immigrants has increased somewhat over the past 30 years, the negative gap between their education and that of native-born Americans has increased significantly, creating a mismatch between newcomers and the needs of a modern, high-tech economy.

      This paper offers a brief overview of the issues relating to the anniversary, including quotes from many of the participants, as well as an outline of the law’s consequences.



      The liberalization of immigration policy reflected in the 1965 legislation can be understood as part of the evolutionary trend in federal policy after World War II to end legal discrimination based on race and ethnicity — essentially, the immigration bill was mainly seen as an extension of the civil rights movement, and a symbolic one at that, expected to bring few changes in its wake.

      In 1957, Congress passed the first civil rights law since Reconstruction, another in 1960, and two important bills in 1964 and 1965. Moreover, Supreme Court decisions and state and local laws also struck at the remnants of legal racism. The immigration bill was merely another step in this process.

      The connection between civil rights legislation and abolishing the national origins quotas was explicit. As Rep. Philip Burton (D-CA) said in Congress:

      “Just as we sought to eliminate discrimination in our land through the Civil Rights Act, today we seek by phasing out the national origins quota system to eliminate discrimination in immigration to this nation composed of the descendants of immigrants.” (Congressional Record, Aug. 25, 1965, p. 21783.)

      And Rep. Robert Sweeney (D-OH) said:

      “Mr. Chairman, I would consider the amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act to be as important as the landmark legislation of this Congress relating to the Civil Rights Act. The central purpose of the administration’s immigration bill is to once again undo discrimination and to revise the standards by which we choose potential Americans in order to be fairer to them and which will certainly be more beneficial to us.” (Congressional Record, Aug. 25, 1965, p. 21765.)

      Other politicians also thought the immigration law needed to be changed. Much earlier, President Truman, in the message accompanying his (unsuccessful) veto of the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act (which had maintained the national origins quota system), wrote:

      “These are only a few examples of the absurdity, the cruelty of carrying over into this year of 1952 the isolationist limitations of our 1924 law. In no other realm of our national life are we so hampered and stultified by the dead hand of the past, as we are in this field of immigration.” (Truman, Harry S., Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1961, pp. 443-444.)

      In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared to Congress:

      “I again urge the liberalization of some of our restrictions upon immigration…we should double the 154,000 quota immigrants … we should make special provisions for the absorption of many thousands of persons who are refugees.” (Eisenhower, Dwight D., Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1961, pp. 308-310.)

      President John F. Kennedy’s immigration message to Congress on July 23, 1963, assailed the national origins quota system as having “no basis in either logic or reason.” He complained,

      “It neither satisfies a national need nor accomplishes an international purpose. In an age of interdependence among nations, such a system is an anachronism for it discriminates among applicants for admission into the United States on the basis of the accident of birth.” (Kennedy, John F., Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1964, pp. 594-597.)

      Foreign policy concerns also motivated some to support change in the national origins system. With the decolonization of Africa and Asia, and with ongoing competition with the Soviet Union for the hearts and minds of the developing world, the quota system was seen as an embarrassment. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, for instance, said the existing immigration law stood in contrast to the growth of refugee legislation aimed at forming international linkages and having “the respect of people all around the world.” (Congressional Record, June 27, 1952, p. 8267.)

      Others favored a change in the law for more personal reasons — they had relatives who were on long immigration waiting lists because of small quotas for their countries. Italy, for instance, had an annual quota of 5,666 immigrants, Greece 308, Poland 6,488, Yugoslavia 942, and so on. Joseph Errigo, National Chairman of the Sons of Italy Committee on Immigration, was upset at the small size of Italy’s quota and urged Congress to “abolish a system which is gradually becoming unpopular and inoperative.” Italy had 249,583 people waiting for admission into the United States. (U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965, p. 407.)


      The Hart-Celler Act of 1965:

      Established the basic structure of today’s immigration law.

      Abolished the national origins quota system (originally established in 1921 and most recently modified in 1952), while attempting to keep immigration to a manageable level. Family reunification became the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy.

      Allocated 170,000 visas to countries in the Eastern Hemisphere and 120,000 to countries in the Western Hemisphere. This increased the annual ceiling on immigrants from 150,000 to 290,000. Each Eastern-Hemisphere country was allowed an allotment of 20,000 visas, while in the Western Hemisphere there was no per-country limit. This was the first time any numerical limitation had been placed on immigration from the Western Hemisphere. Non-quota immigrants and immediate relatives (i.e., spouses, minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens over the age of 21) were not to be counted as part of either the hemispheric or country ceiling.

      For the first time, gave higher preference to the relatives of American citizens and permanent resident aliens than to applicants with special job skills. The preference system for visa admissions detailed in the law (modified in 1990) was as follows:

      Unmarried adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.

      Spouses and children and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent resident aliens.

      Members of the professions and scientists and artists of exceptional ability.

      Married children of U.S. citizens.

      Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens over age twenty-one.

      Skilled and unskilled workers in occupations for which there is insufficient labor supply.

      Refugees given conditional entry or adjustment — chiefly people from Communist countries and the Middle East.

      Applicants not entitled to preceding preferences — i.e., everyone else.

      …………………………….EVERYONE ELSE!!!

  • jake mccollum says:

    All those polls concerning Trump Admin. have been so accurate too. I’m sure they are spot on now.(sarc)

  • Humble Servant says:

    The poll numbers don’t really mean anything anymore. We need to consider the source and the polling questions to determine the credibility of the data. The old media outlets seem to think if they say something long enough it will become true. The conservative public is smarter then the old media outlets give them credit for. As long as they report the Republicans are struggling the harder we conservative base will work to overcome their talking points. Lying will create effort, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We do not want to go back to Obama ANYTHING…..

  • geraldcuvillier says:

    If the republicans lose the house the blame rest solidly on the RINOs shoulders.

  • PBHayes says:

    Anyone voting for a Democrat should be placed in a mental institution.

    1. goldie says:

      My thoughts exactly. Let’s get rid of the dem residue and then begin to go after the rinos. Draining the swamp isn’t President Trump’s job alone; the voters are the ones who put the idiot dems in there to begin with. This may take awhile until we see some real change.

      1. PBHayes says:

        All caring informed American’s must never back down when faced with the destructive comments from a leftist Democrat. Stand your ground and argue the facts and you’ll always win.

    2. Tiger says:

      They will lose more seats wait and see. Nothing they have tried has panned out and the violence they have participated in has gone viral to the world. They are going nowhere but down.

      1. Retired says:

        Down the slide to the fire pit . Many media people need to join them .

        1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

          they will

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          2. Retired says:

            They moderate our posts and let this crap go through ??

    3. Retired says:

      Mainly now after Finding out how bad Obama screwed up in Syria with Russia and Iran . Why would anyone vote for a democrat other than free stuff from the Gov. ???

      1. CharlieSeattle says:

        It appears that 51% of the population does that already!

        1. Retired says:

          If they keep with the hatred , it just might drive up the percentage to 70% . They are already starting the ANTI voter ID Laws for 2018 .

      2. Roy Fredrichsen says:

        What a lot of people are just now finding out is that O’Bama and his group were trying to run this country into bankrupcy making it easy for Muslims to take over and make America a caliphate controlled from Iran. That is why Hillary Clinton was planning to remove the Second Amendment from the Constitution because it interrferred with her plans for “Gun Control”..

        1. Retired says:

          The UN is behind the Gun Control and the Democrats kiss their fannies .Just look at what is going on in South America right now .

    4. CharlieSeattle says:

      F%$#in RINO’s like Paul Ryan are Democrats with training wheels!

  • itsfun says:

    If the Republicans don’t get done what they have promised to get done, they why keep them? Obamacare has to repealed and replaced. Illegal immigration must be fixed. The same crap happened the last time we elected Republicans to run the house, senate, and WH. The House and Senate became afraid to do what they promised and got beat in the next election. If they don’t have the guts to do what they were elected to do, then get rid of them.

    1. goldie says:

      So…you are advocating replacing them with dimocrats again? That would win a record for dumb.

      1. itsfun says:

        I am saying they turn into Democrats and if they give in – get rid of them and hire new Republicans.

        1. goldie says:

          Agreed. I didn’t think you could possibly mean to elect dems again!

    2. Retired says:

      REPEAL YES – Replace NO . Time to clamp down on the Insurance monopoly and their games they play .

      1. itsfun says:

        I think we need some kind of affordable health care system available. I do not agree with making it mandatory. People should be able to purchase only what coverages they want.

        1. Retired says:

          No argument there , that’s what was in my last part of my comment .

          1. itsfun says:

            Sorry I didn’t get that part. What I received ended with the sentence about clamping down of insurance companies

          2. Retired says:

            Health insurance is sold the same way car Insurance . It is based on where you live and the type of policy you can have . Restrictions need to be removed if they were from the Government Then prices can fall .

          3. itsfun says:

            Obamacare dictates what coverages you must have. There is no option. Men are forced to pay for maternity coverage and women are forced to pay for ED meds is one example of how terrible Obamacare is. People should be able to cross state lines also. Prescription med prices need to be negotiated also.

          4. Retired says:

            The ACA has affected all of us even though we do not have that insurance . That is why a total repeal is needed .

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    The Hill. Now, they’ve proven themselves really reliable, haven’t they? Just last week announcing that the nuclear option was a rare occurrence, in spite of Harry Weed invoking it 96 times during his cursed tenure.

    1. BOC says:

      Spot on as usual Ramon! That rule has only been effect since 2003, the filibuster, to block Bush lower court appointees, but that’s another fun fact that the MSM and the Dems would rather us not know.

      More than one jurist appointed to SCOTUS has been on an up or down vote.

  • BOC says:

    The Hill another left leaning publication, rolling out more hyperbole based on so called Trump favorability polls. The only people on the left that are jazzed are the far left whack-a-doos and the Soros funded protesters. On the other hand, the Democrats not residing in Washington DC and the Coastal Regions of the United States, aren’t buying into this insane, out of touch nonsense being pushed by the leadership and that includes the destructive nature of these so-called protesters. Any Democrat that runs a campaign of anger and obstruction without anything substantive with regard to the issues, is mort before any vote is cast.
    We’ll be seeing a lot of these articles written over the next year and a half, so sit back and have a laugh at the sycophants expense in the media,

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