How are American laws made

The legislative process in the US

Midterm elections in the US

by Felix Richter,
In the end, neither was really satisfied, and yet both camps will try to sell the result as a success: The Republicans around US President Trump were able to defend their majority in the Senate in the midterm elections on Tuesday, but lost control of the House of Representatives. The Democrats were able to win a majority in the House of Representatives, but the “blue wave” that many had hoped for did not materialize.

But what does the result mean for the next two years of Donald Trump's presidency? The American bicameral system stipulates that every legislative proposal must be approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. So Trump will not be able to implement larger projects such as the wall on the border with Mexico or the abolition of Obama's health system without the support of the Democrats.

In order to avoid a complete standstill, Republicans and Democrats will have to work together again rather than against each other over the next two years. However, communication and willingness to compromise were not the first attributes that came to mind in connection with Trump's presidency.