America’s Bitter Divisions Continue: The Impact of the 2022 Midterm Elections

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Given the nearly even split in Congress, with neither party having a clear mandate, there are unlikely to be many significant changes in domestic policies. A legislative stalemate is the most probable outcome, with President Biden then resorting to an even greater use of executive orders—a tactic of dubious constitutional validity when used to implement broad policy initiatives, despite the absence of congressional legislation. Biden’s fondness for such measures has already sparked intense opposition and multiple court suits. Foreign policy is the one area in which bipartisanship is likely to prevail, but that is not necessarily a good situation.” (11/21/22)