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Juan Williams: 'Gridlock' Likely in Congress No Matter Who Wins Presidency

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By    |   Monday, 03 Oct 2016 09:33 AM

Political dysfunction and "shameless obstruction" are likely to continue in Congress no matter who wins the White House, says Fox News analyst Juan Williams in The Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his fellow Republicans in the Senate will block Democrat Hillary Clinton's plans on raising taxes for the wealthy, raising the minimum wage, regulating Wall Street, and enacting gun control measures, writes Williams.

If Republicans retain both the House and Senate while Clinton wins the presidency, "It will just result in shameless obstruction of the first female president instead of the first black president.

"The permanent, standing filibuster of legislation and nominations that McConnell implemented under [President Barack] Obama will continue and become the norm. If you liked the dysfunction, gridlock and petulance of the 114th Congress, then you are going to love what's in store for the 115th Congress," Williams added.

Republican nominee Donald Trump will face some "surprising news" and obstruction, because his views have gone against Republican traditions on free trade, military intervention, NATO, and paid maternity leave.

"Trump's positions on those and many other issues are anathema to everything McConnell has said he believed throughout his political career," Williams said, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's GOP majority in the House would shut down Trump's plans there.

According to a poll analysis in The New York Times, both parties have a 50 percent chance of winning the Senate.

University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball" report predicts that after Election Day, Democrats will hold 47 seats in the Senate, Republicans will hold 49 seats, and four seats will be toss-ups.

Tight races appear to be the norm, according to data forecasting site FiveThirtyEight.

"Polls continue to show a tight race in states such as New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, three of the four most important seats in determining who wins control. Not coincidentally, the contest between Clinton and Donald Trump in those three states is also close," according to FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten.

Williams predicted that if Democrats win the Senate it will be close, and the Republicans can still filibuster against their plans.

If Trump wins  the presidency and Democrats win the Senate, Democrats are likely to obstruct the real estate mogul the same way Republicans did to President Obama, writes Williams.

If Republicans keep their majorities, "McConnell's GOP will have gotten away with it and paid no price at the ballot box. At the moment, Senate Republicans look like they will pay no tax for their years-long blockade of the Obama agenda.

"And there is no indication they will pay a price for continuing the blockade under Clinton or Trump," Williams added. 

Keeping the Republicans' majorities is key for Speaker Ryan, who is set to launch a cross-country tour in support of GOP candidates, according to The Washington Post.

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