Legislation or gridlock after the 2018 midterms?

Incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives pose for the 116th Congress Member-Elect Class Photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RC1A419463F0

Sarah Binder, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings, and Molly Reynolds, a fellow also in Governance Studies, discuss politics and policy in the House and Senate following the 2018 midterm elections. What will change? What will stay the same? What are the prospects for bipartisan legislating? Will Democrats use their new House majority for pursuing a legislative agenda, investigating the Trump administration, or both?

Also in this episode, Senior Fellow David Wessel’s economic update, in which he tackles the question, can the unemployment rate fall too low?

For more special Brookings Cafeteria episodes about the 2018 midterms, visit the BCP page. Also, more research and analysis from Brookings experts about the elections are here.

Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producers Brennan Hoban and Chris McKenna. Additional support comes from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Camilo Ramirez, Emily Horne, and our interns Tim Madden and Churon Bernier.

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2018 Midterm Elections