Another Congress Another Challenge~ Opinion
By: Kari Giovanelli, Staff Writer
The results of our recent elections have come in, and Congress had an overwhelming win on part of the Republican Party. What does this mean for our next Congressional Session in the next two years to come? It is vital to look at both the present and the past when analyzing the productivity of our new Congress, as well as the perception that it has the ability to change.
First and foremost, it is necessary to note the percentage of Americans that turned out to vote for the Midterm elections. Four years ago, 91 million Americans turned up to vote for Midterm elections. In the past two presidential elections, about 130 million Americans cast their votes. That is a staggering 42% of the nation’s population of legal voting age. This year, Midterms brought about 83 million people through the door. That sums up to an even more shocking 34.6% of voting-legal Americans, the lowest since 1942 (which conveniently took place during World War 2, when many men weren’t able to vote)
Why is participation in our Legislative branch so low? Looking at facts, the United States Congress is not favored in the public eye. Whether it is because of our Representatives and Senators’ love of money and re-election, their continuous gerrymandering, or their ignorant remarks that always end up on our morning news, Americans are angry. A recent poll shows that Americans-while disgusted by the Russian government- favor the invasion of Ukraine over the productivity of our Congress. It is also imperative to recognize that the Congress of two years ago was the least productive in the history of the United States. Then again, the major vacation breaks they gave themselves may attest to their lack of participation. With all this hate, it's astounding that more Americans didn’t vote to change the men in Congress.
What changes can be expected now that Republicans dominate Congress? Many would say that more bills will be passed, because there will be less arguing. However, this is simply not true. The Republican Party is divided within itself; there are the mainstream GOP Republicans, who sit closer to the middle of the political spectrum, and there are the far right Tea Party Republicans who can’t seem to agree with anyone on anything. The Democratic Party will be overruled due to lack of representation, so we will see a lot less bills being supported by Democrats due to the immense power Republicans hold right now. The American public, especially the ones who chose not to vote, will just have to hold their breath and see how things pan out.
edited by Max Bruns, managing editor