Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Congress Returns to Washington

Drew Thies


After a nearly two-month-long campaign break, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate return to Washington today to resume legislative business for the remainder of 2014.

Though the Republicans gained control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader in-waiting Mitch McConnell will not be able to exercise their new power until January. The makeup of Congress will remain the same until the end of the year, when Members who are retiring or lost will vacate their Capitol Hill offices.

Rumors abound surrounding what Congress may try to tackle before the 113th session comes to a close in December, but the only must-pass item looks to be another continuing resolution to keep government funded through the holidays.

Additionally, look for the confirmation of President Obama’s new pick for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to become a leading issue. With limited floor time for what is sure to be a controversial proceeding, however, the confirmation may get punted to next year as well.

The new members of the new Congress will also be in Washington this week and throughout the end of the year learning the ropes and meeting contacts in D.C. AHCA will continue to work with all members of Congress, old and new, to promote policies that preserve quality care.

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