No party of ‘no’ here: House Dems like governing

WASHINGTON (AP) — As House control is about to switch, it’s serving as a reminder about Democrats: They like government. And governing.

While tea party Republicans swept to power to stop things — repeal Obamacare, roll back environmental regulations and decrease the size and scope of government — Democrats are marching into the majority to build it back up. And after spending eight downcast years in the minority, they can’t wait to get started.

Democrats say the goal is not necessarily a return to big government — or to quickly start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — but to reassert Congress’ ability to govern, which they say diminished under Republicans.

Says Rep. Peter DeFazio, who’s waited 32 years to chair the Transportation committee says, “We’ve got a lot of corked-up energy.”

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