Congressman, headed to minority status, predicts Dem overreach

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Rep. Jim Banks speaking on floorRepublicans in the House of Representatives, including Jim Banks, are preparing for at least two years in the minority after Election Day.

Banks, who represents Indiana's 3rd District, has served in Congress for 10 years and has never been in the minority.

That is about to change --- bigly.

"The Democrats are pledging that with them in the majority," says Banks, "there's going to be a whole lot more investigations into this administration than we've seen before."

Democrats take control of the House January 3, and Banks tells OneNewsNow it will be unchartered waters with Democratic leaders. He says the GOP-led House passed approximately 1,000 bills over the last two years.

"Going into this next Congress though," he predicts, "I don't imagine that you're going to see the same type of productivity coming out of the House that you saw."

Banks serves on the Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Education committees. He has heard that Education Secretary DeVos is likely to be under investigation once Democrats take over, and there's always something Congress wants to take up with the Pentagon.

"Each of the committees have oversight responsibilities," says the congressman, "so I think what you are going to see will be a lot of investigations into each of the different parts of the government.

On the bright side, Banks says Democrats always overplay their hand, so all the bickering and resisting will probably make GOP changes even better in 2020.

"I believe the American people will probably tire very quickly," he says, "of the dysfunction of Washington working in that way and everything being a controversy or an investigation."

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