The Congress approves tax cuts and some gun safety measures; enough for 2018 voters?

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The massive, $1.3 trillion spending bill capped a busy few months for the Congress, highlighted by tax cuts for Americans and additional money for the military. But the Congress has no big progress on such voters to reform the immigration and gun safety-with hundreds of members, the focus is now on re-election in November.

All 435 house seats are up for re-election in 2018, with Democrats optimistic about the control of the chamber for the first time in about nine years.

You would have to win at least 24 seats, a likely possibility for the party that has no control over the White house in the so-called “mid-term” elections.

In addition, Democrats until recently have been almost uniquely focuses on southern California, where the demographic change could lead to win a handful of GOP-held seats.

But now, Pennsylvania — supported by Democrats Conor Lamb’s victory at the beginning of this month in the southwest district Trump won seems to have almost 20 points — opens up more possibilities.

A lot can be done with the $ 1.6 billion given to the construction and fixing of boundary wall. It is only a Deposit. The work will begin immediately. The rest of the money will come – and remember IF the Democrats are left (but we don’t)!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018

A Fox News poll released Sunday shows Democrat ” 2018 Congress, slides, based on voters asked in the last few months, whether you prefer to in a Congress of the Democratic or Republican candidate in November. Democrats now have a 5-point lead, compared to 50 to 35 percent, the so-called generic ballot test in October.

Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who did the poll with Democrat Chris Anderson, does not anticipate that the single-digit lead than enough for the Democrats to take the house, considering Republicans have a more favorable voting districts.

“The data from 2012 and 2014 show the Democrats would need a margin of at least 5 points, said the majority of the game,” Shaw. “Just not winning the popular national vote is enough to flip the house.”

Anderson said: “I like this question as a gauge of the perceptions of month-to-month. But its predictive power is doubtful seven months after the election.”


Democrats argued that after the lamb to win that Washington Republicans have abandoned, the tax-cut pitch, because it is not in resonance with the electorate, or is it only “crumbs,” as house Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said after the cuts were to pass at the end of December 2017.

But the GOP appeared more focused appeal to the voters in the Pennsylvania district, touting Trump’s recent tariffs on steel and aluminum, and they will continue to say, the cuts remain a large part of the 2018 platform.

“It is very clear that the tax reform was the largest legislative jewel in the crown of this Congress. This is a massive centerpiece of our campaign,” said Matt Gorman, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the goal of the GOP, it’s candidates elected and re-elected to the chamber.

But polls swing wildly in these days, strategists say. The voters are rarely focused for too long on single topics, which could make or break campaigns, as if Republican control of the house in 2010, taken in the midst of the slow-pushed economic recovery or Democrats to the majority in 2006 over the opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and congressional ethics scandals.

The GOP-controlled Congress before it in a two-week break, some of the measures on gun safety in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed.

The legislature took small steps to increase the security Fund, and strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. However, not to limit them by legislation, gun sales, nor do they have to be approved to adopt measures to stop the sale of so-called “bump-stock”, which will allow essentially the semi-automatic rifles to fire bullets quickly.

Another Fox News poll on Sunday, the voters, the legislators want to do anything to prevent gun violence.

The survey found voters, by a 53-to-40-percent margin, consider protection against gun violence is more important than protecting gun rights.

And the large-scale marches in Washington and other major cities on Saturday-the student-led “March of life” – events — suggested voters would hold incumbent and Challenger, accountable this year, what would you do to curb gun violence in schools and elsewhere throughout the country.

Kris Brown, co-President of the Brady campaign to prevent gun violence, said the measures decided upon in the Congress are “simple enough.”

“The American people have been screaming from the rooftops for the real, bold change to the fight against the” tragedies such as the Florida and Las Vegas shootings, Brown said. “We have seen the consequences of Congress’s inaction.”

Democrats tried and failed to adopt in the last few weeks a law to create a permanent solution for Obama’s Deferred action for Childhood arrivals, which protects from deportation, an estimated 800,000 immigrants to the USA brought illegally as children.

The democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer effectively shut down the government in question by the denial of Democratic votes in January to pass spending bill, only to soften, three days later, without a deal.

Even Trump seemed to be upset that the new spending bill had to fix no DACA.

At the White house on Friday, he played with a veto of the budget package, complaining it lacked his immigration deal, and smacked of more spending, before you finally sign.

“Remember IF the Democrats are left (but we don’t)!” he tweeted on Sunday.

Congress ” the spring agenda is thin. It includes modest plans to exit the banking bill that rolls back some of the provisions introduced, to escape from the financial crisis and a major farm bill, which determines agriculture and school nutrition guidelines. The Senate has also to the beginning of the confirmation hearings for Trumpf-the nominees for the secretary of state and CIA Director.

Strategists say, it is up to the Republican candidates to make the case that the GOP signature legislative power value their re-election.

Pennsylvania stands out as a source of hope for the Democrats in their quest to be in control of the house, for several reasons.

The victories in the two most important battles were cemented last week: Republicans dropped the talk of legal challenges to lamb’s victory in a special election, and in the Federal courts is unlikely to be rejected, two GOP lawsuits seek to block and districts of a state court drawn map is more competitive.

For years, Pennsylvania will host one of the nation’s largest Republican congressional delegations. Well, what a 13-to-5 Republican advantage in Pennsylvania, the 18-member delegation to get wiped out. In all five Republican members of Congress have decided not to run again.

To get in addition to that, the state Supreme court, ruling in a gerrymandering claim, junked Pennsylvania 6-year-old district boundaries that were drawn by the Republicans, the Republicans elected. The court of the Democratic majority redrawn, the borders, improve the Democrats chances in the five districts in particular.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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