Change comes to Congress, and Nevada helps
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
It's a new day.
A new speaker.
A new house. And a new senate.
In Henderson, as she walks into the Paseo Verde Library, Sharon Beach has a message for the new 116th Congress.
“Work for your constituents. We put you in office. Work together. Make this a great country again,” Beach says.
In Washington, Nevada has a new look. On the floor of the house, now with Democrats in control, our local delegation has changed. Democrat Steven Horsford has regained his 4th district seat, Susie Lee now represents the 3rd district, and Dina Titus is now the dean of the Nevada delegation. Titus returns for her 5th term.
“We've got to get busy though because there's a lot to do now that the Democrats are in the majority,” Titus tweeted Thursday.
In Washington, job number one will be solving the partial federal government shutdown, a standoff between Donald Trump demanding his border wall on one side, and Democrats demanding different border security on the other.
The shutdown, begun on December 22, now finishes its 12th day and has forced hundreds of thousands of government workers to work without pay and has sent hundreds of thousands of others home.
“Work with the president. Politics is the art of compromise. Both sides have to give,” said Trump supporter Joseph Orrico in Henderson.
In the Senate today, democrat Jacky Rosen took the oath for Nevada. Rosen, who had been the congresswoman representing District 3, defeated incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller in November.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, and former senator and fellow Democrat Richard Bryan escorted Rosen to the well of the Senate for her swearing in.
“There's a lot of hard work ahead of us, and that starts with ending this senseless and avoidable government shutdown and defending protections for Americans with preexisting conditions,” Rosen told reporters by phone from Washington.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Jacky to the Senate and congratulate her on her first day as the newest senator from the silver state,” Cortez Masto said in a statement.
As a new Congress dawns and locals weighed in.
“I think they could do a better job than they're doing,” says Trent Myers.
“Try to work together. Think about the nation,” says Ray Jensen.
Wait to see if a new Congress, and the current president, can find common ground.