2018 Midterm Elections Analysis: President Donald J. Trump, a Democratic House, and a Republican Senate

November 2018

On Tuesday, November 6, voters across the US cast ballots in the first major referendum since the election of President Donald J. Trump in 2016. As a result of the most expensive midterm elections in history, Democrats will be in charge of the House of Representatives and Republicans will expand their control of the Senate when the 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019. Given this divide, many pundits already are predicting that nothing will be done in Washington for the next two years. 

However, our Public Policy team disagrees with that analysis. Rather than focus on headlines about House Democrats drawing up subpoenas to demand documents from the Trump Administration, we discuss potential areas of compromise that could lead to substantial legislation in the run up to the 2020 elections. 

In our 2018 Midterm Elections Analysis, our colleagues discuss the prospects for Congress to adopt a comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity bill, and envision possible scenarios where Congress could find common ground with President Trump in the areas of infrastructure and immigration reform. Further, we share our perspectives on a host of other issues, such as US tax and trade policy. 

The following areas are covered by our analysis:

  • Appropriations/Budget – Authors: David LesStrang, Pamela Welsh and Vicki Cram
  • Financial Services – Authors: Matthew Cutts, Jim Sivon, Katie Wechsler and Brandon Román
  • Health Care – Authors: John E. Wyand, Douglas Anderson, Meg Gilley and Charles T. Brereton
  • Oversight and Investigations – Authors: Jeff Turner and Mitch Berger
  • Tax Policy – Authors: Matthew Cutts, Jeff VanderWolk, David Stewart and Patrick Kirby
  • Trade Policy – Authors: Frank Samolis, Stacy Swanson and Ludmilla Kasulke
  • Transportation and Infrastructure – Authors: Carolina Mederos, Patricia Doersch and Timothy Drake

For questions on our analysis, or to learn more about the depth and breadth of our Public Policy Practice, co-chaired by former US Senators John Breaux and Trent Lott, please contact Jeff Turner or David Schnittger.