It really depends on what sort of agenda they follow... they have to walk a tightrope really... there needs to be oversight and damn quickly but the dems cannot be construed as merely using their new clout to just exact revenge on bush even though that's what he deserves and more....if by some miracle they take the Senate then some things could really get done.
Don't forget that bush and his band of arrogant **** can still pretty much veto anything and set policy no matter what.
It could be 2 years of improvements or 2 years of the worst bottle neck and bickering imaginable. Time will have to tell.
Control of the House is a pretty big deal.
First, the party in control has great power in setting the agenda meaning they can squelch issues that aren't to their advantage The Repubicans under Hastert wouldn't even let provisions which would have probably won a vote get to the floor. Pelosi has already hinted that she won't act the same way, but the power is there if she wants it.
The House also has investigative powers. They can hold hearings on things like wiretaps, and torture. They will have the all-important subpoena power.
Of course this also provides a platform with media attention for the issues that they want to put in front of the public.
No doubt this is a big deal. It will be very interesting to see how Bush plays this.
For legislation to become law it needs to pass both houses of Congress and then be signed by the president (unless there is support to override a presidential veto).
The Senate rules make the Senate a fairly bipartisan place. The minority party in the Senate the ability to bring issues to the floor and as long as the majority party doesn't hold more than 60 seats (the magic barrier to dominance).
The House is run by majority rule. The party that has one more seat (and controls the Speaker's chair) can literally keep issues from even being debated.
So thjs means that the party with even a slim majority of the House can kill a bill that has already passed the Senate and has the support of the president. They will simply refuse to bring it to the floor. They can do this even when it would win a fair vote in the House.
Cheney has already made it clear they have no intention of changing anything. It will be an interesting two years.
Well, the tax cuts are gone. It is up to the house to continue them. The Democrats insist they know how to spend money better than I do.