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Decision 2016

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GOP Sweep Opens Door to Rewinding Obama's Policies

Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obama's signature health care law

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Donald Trump claimed victory in the United States presidential election early Wednesday in a stunning upset that shocked political observers and polling predictions. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    Donald Trump's win along with the Republican sweep of the House and Senate give the GOP singular power to undo President Barack Obama's signature accomplishments and enact the party's key policies, NBC News reported. 

    Republicans did not win 60 votes in the Senate, so Democrats could use filibusters in that chamber, but congressional Republicans have already suggested they will use a budget process called reconciliation, by which bills in the Senate only require 51 votes, to either eliminate or dramatically overhaul Obamacare. 

    Trump is likely to nominate a strong conservative to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that has been vacant since Antonin Scalia died earlier this year. A Trump selection would be the fifth GOP-appointed justice on the Court, ensuring a conservative majority there.