Help for Americans could be held up by partisan pettiness as Republicans set to keep Senate control

AMERICANS could miss out on beneficial tax breaks and a clear decision on healthcare policy or a "green" new deal as Republicans and Democrats in Congress spar over party politics.

The GOP is set to retain control of the Senate as several Republican incumbents managed to stave off Democratic challengers on Election Day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – who won a seventh term in Kentucky – said President Donald Trump’s campaign helped his GOP allies, but that state election officials were still counting ballots.

With Republicans now controlling the chamber, 53-47, three or four seats will determine party control, depending on who wins the presidency because the vice president can break a tie in the Senate.

Regardless of who wins control of the White House or Senate, American voters still lose – another potential stimulus package won't be passed until January, as the Senate is adjourned until November 9.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to adjourn the Senate on October 27 scraps any chances of a coronavirus relief bill being passed post-election.

Congressional Dems and GOPers are at an impasse in negotiating a new bill because they disagree on funding for education, unemployment benefits and Covid testing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that she hopes to negotiate a deal with the White House after the election and before the New Year.

But McConnell pushed back, saying last Friday that any aid talks would be held off until “right at the beginning” of 2021.

A Republican-controlled Senate could spell the end for a comprehensive plan to expand healthcare coverage, something that Maine Sen Susan Collins admitted the party doesn't have.

Days after the election, the conservative-majority Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in a case that could completely repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Should Joe Biden become the next sitting president, Dems and GOPers will likely go to war over his tax plan, which promises to scrap Trump's $2trillion tax cuts.

Under Biden's tax plan, middle-class earner and low-wage workers can say goodbye to their respective $31billion and $4billion decrease in their tax burdens.

The contentious Green New Deal at the heart of party division will likely be more difficult to pass with a Republican Senate and Biden as president.

Trump has called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's climate change proposal "childish", and Republicans made their refusal clear when they struck down the resolution last March.

"It's ridiculous, it's childish. I actually say the Green New Deal is childish," the president said in August.

"Maybe it's politics, they seem to think it's good politics. I don't think it's good politics, it'll decimate our economy."

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