Godeskian, on Feb 11 2008, 01:03 PM, said:
I hate to ask, but how is this likely to affect the dems majority in the house of representatives?
As I recall from the last election it was the senate that was incredible close with no comfortable margin. The house was better off, but still not at 2/3 democrats I'm guessing, since they can't override a Bush veto. I'll be back in a min with an answer
Edit: As of the last election (so doesn't count any changes since)
Senate: 100 Seats: Of which: Both Parties have 49 seats. There are 2 independents, but both caucus with the democrats (Joe Lieberman lost the democratic nomination this election around, and ran as an independent and won.
Bernie Sanders was an independent in the House before but is a self-described democratic socialist)
Of the part of Congress the late Tom Lantos was in:
House: 435 Seats: Of which: Democrats have 233 seats; Republicans have 202 seats.
They would have needed 290 to have 2/3 of the seats to override a Presidental veto.
I'm not clear of whether that would have mattered anyways and that both Congresses would need to have a 2/3 vote to override the Presidental veto.
Edited by sierraleone, 11 February 2008 - 01:47 PM.
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