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Should the Democratic House work with Republicans or resist them?

Democrats officially control the House of Representatives, with a healthy majority of 235 out of 435 total seats. They inherit an opposition-controlled Senate and an in-progress government shutdown. Some hope the Democrats—many of whom swept into power on the strength of their fiercely liberal agendas—will move more toward the center in order to pass more legislation and better run the country. Others see this as a chance for Democrats to push back on President Trump’s conservative agenda. What do you think?

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The Democrats are currently in a brutal fight with the president over passing legislation to fund the government. President Trump is insisting on the inclusion of over $5 billion to fund the construction of a border wall, which Democrats refuse to add. As the resultant government shutdown drags on, newly reelected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has shown no indication she will do anything other than stand firm against Trump's border wall agenda. Per the New York Times

In her first legislative act as speaker, Ms. Pelosi plans on Thursday to bring up two bills to reopen the government. One would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, providing a month to break the impasse over border security funding, and a second would provide money for the remaining shuttered agencies and departments through September. The homeland security measure would devote $1.3 billion to border security measures, such as enhanced surveillance and fortified fencing, but not the wall.
Mr. Trump’s rejection of those measures left the prospects of a resolution at their dimmest since the shutdown began on Dec. 22. It also highlighted the difficulty of the current situation, in which Democrats, Republicans and even some White House staff members have found themselves trying to anticipate what Mr. Trump will accept.
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Many see the election of so many liberal representatives as a clear sign the American people are looking for leaders who will fight back against the conservative agenda that has been pushed for the last two years. Per the Hill

“Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democratic control of the House to put a check on Trump on exactly this kind of reckless behavior,” said Charles Chamberlain, chairman of Democracy for America, a grass-roots liberal advocacy group.
“Democrats need to stand up for American values and a check on Trump, over and over again, as many times as they have to, to defeat the worst policies of this administration,” he said. “That’s what we’re expecting them to do and if there’s brinksmanship from Trump that causes damage to America, that’s on Trump.”
Democratic activists see the current standoff over the border wall as a key test ahead a year of expected conflict with Trump on other issues, such as the debt ceiling and the new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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However, Pelosi has made it clear she has no intention of becoming an opposition party like the Republicans who fought tooth and nail against all of President Obama's policy initiatives for so many years. The Washington Post reports that in several statements made shortly before she regained the speakership, Pelosi stated her party would not fight blindly against everything the president does. 

We believe that we will not become them,” she said in a New Year’s Day phone interview during a visit to her native Baltimore. “We’re not going to do to them what they did to President Obama. . . . It’s really important for us not to become them and certainly not to become like the president of the United States in terms of how he speaks without any basis of fact, evidence, data or truth.
“We will respect each other’s opinions, and respect the truth.” 
...Pelosi also pushed back hard against the idea that, in holding Trump and his administration accountable, Democrats would be engaging in some sort of investigative orgy. On the contrary, she said, Article I of the Constitution grants Congress responsibility for “oversight over the agencies of government.”
She added pointedly: “We don’t want the administration describing the traditional congressional responsibility for oversight to be labeled ‘investigation.’ There may be some investigations that spring from another purpose, but we will be strategic and not political when it comes to that.” She senses no need to explain or elaborate on the meaning of the words “another purpose,” even though they represent a potentially mortal threat to Trump’s presidency.
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Recent history has also shown that a blind opposition to the president can backfire. Per Bloomberg

Even in very polarized times, win-win deals are still possible in Congress; just last month, Democrats and Republicans cooperated on criminal justice reform. House Democrats could give in to some Republican priorities in exchange for, say, citizenship for DACA recipients or an increased minimum wage. But will they be willing to give President Donald Trump a record of bipartisan achievements? During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans were willing to lose on their own policy preferences as long as they could keep the Democratic administration from chalking up wins. One might argue that their choice was good for the party, even if it was bad for the nation. We’ll see what the Democrats do.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Should the Democratic House work with Republicans or resist them?
A festive crown for the winner
#MakeCongressWork
#ResistTheGOP