The Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, before Congress returns to work Tuesday for the first time following the midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress returns to new dynamic but old shutdown threat

November 12, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington.

The parties are electing new leadership this week and incumbents are squaring off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House Republican control in last week's election.

For their last act, Republicans will try to deliver on Trump's promise to fund the border wall. Democrats are in no mood to boost spending on the border. The standoff could spark a partial federal government shutdown in weeks.

Lawmakers have several other pieces of legislation to finish by year's end. Among them, a farm policy bill and legislation overhauling Congress' handling of sexual harassment claims.

The Senate will try to confirm more of Trump's judicial and administrative nominees.

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