Election Day brought a wave of change to Capitol Hill. Not only will Republicans regain control of the Senate next year, but they have built a majority for the books in the House of Representatives.
Senate Republicans currently have secured 52 seats in the Senate, and it is possible their majority grows to 53 – 55 seats depending on the outcome of the still too-close-to-call Alaska and Virginia races, as well as a Louisiana run-off race in early December. In the House, the GOP has so far increased their majority to 243 seats, and that number may well rise depending on the outcome of a number of remaining undecided races. 218 seats are required for a majority in the House.
In a joint Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared, “Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans who are clearly frustrated by an increasing lack of opportunity, the stagnation of wages, and a government that seems incapable of performing even basic tasks.”
Members of Congress in both parties return to Washington next week to deliberate on how to finish up this session and to lay the groundwork for the next.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 7, 2014