Plain Talk: Can this Republican majority in the U.S. House govern?


Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) listens to Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen accused President Donald Trump of an expansive pattern of lies and criminality, offering a damning portrayal of life inside the president’s orbit. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

MINOT, N.D. — The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is an exceeding slim majority. All the more so because, in many ways, the members of that majority are divide against themselves.

Can these House Republicans govern effectively? Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined this episode of Plain Talk to answer that question.

“We all have to talk to one another a lot more,” he said.

He also pointed out that many of the Republicans in the majority are finding themselves in a position they haven’t been in before.

“Just about half of the Republican majority has never been in the majority,” he said. “They’ve never seen regular order,” he added, referring to the traditional way bills were introduced, worked in committee, and then brought to the floor for a vote in years past.

Armstrong also answered questions about his priorities in the new Congress, how the House can fulfill its oversight role without it getting lost in salacious politics, and his potential committee assignments.

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