WASHINGTON: ‘ PRIVATE MEETING OF REPUBLICAN LEADERS CAN SEE CHANCE TO SEIZE CONTROL OF SENATE ‘
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 30 – In a rare moment of calm between crises over Ebola and Islamic State, a group of congressmen gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss something few Americans have had as much cause to contemplate: the outcome of next Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The private meeting of top Republican leaders from the House of Representatives concluded there was a golden opportunity.
If opinion polling is to be believed, their party is poised not just to hang on to its majority in the lower chamber, but possibly seize control of the Senate, too, uniting both houses of Congress against a Democratic president for the first time in 20 years.
According to one participant at the meeting, held last month, most of those present urged a cautious response, such as aiming to pass moderate economic and tax reform legislation with bipartisan support and daring the White House to use its veto to oppose the new Republican agenda.
Others in the party favour more combative assaults on Barack Obama’s healthcare reform and his environmental concerns over the Keystone oil pipeline, which he is likely to block.
Either way, they argue, the White House loses. “He’ll become the president of no,” another GOP congressman confidently told the Guardian, revelling in the prospect of reversing the insult that dogged House Republicans when they were the ones blocking Democratic legislative efforts.