For the first time in 10 years, one party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress. “Effectively, it’s a 50/50 situation on every vote in the Senate and in the House, Democrats have a five seat margin,” says Randy Russell, president, The Russell Group. “I think this will make things easier for the Biden administration to get cabinet officials approved.” With Democrats controling the agenda, climate change will be a big priority. “(Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie) Stabenow will drive the progress and she’s an advocate of reauthorizing the child nutrition bill and school breakfast programs. I suspect we’ll see her move that bipartisan legislation early on.” Russell anticipates the Senate to start naming committees by early February. The House should be sooner, with agriculture committee members starting to be named this week.
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