Updated Post-Election Analysis: House and Senate Committee Musical Chairs

We’ve been tracking the midterm elections and what the outcomes in individual races might mean for Now that most of the midterm election races have been decided, we’ve updated our House and Senate committee musical chairs analyses.

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2018 Election Analysis: Priority Issues for a Democratically Controlled House

While the Election Day dust is still settling, it is now certain that Democrats will control the House in the 116th Congress. At this point, it is also clear the House of Representatives will be younger, more female, and more racially diverse. We were up most of the night, not only watching the returns come in, but also thinking about how race outcomes will impact policy priorities in a Democratically controlled House, as this is a significant change from this Congress.

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House and Senate Committee Musical Chairs

At Plurus Strategies, we are not only policy experts, but also big political junkies. Our idea of the August recess, even when the Senate is in for all but one week, is finding time to take a look at how election outcomes may impact House and Senate committee leadership and membership in the next Congress. Click through for our analysis of potential changes in the House and Senate.

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FY19 Appropriations Update: A Bunch of Trip Wires

There are a handful of potential “trip wires” that could derail the appropriations process between now and the end of the fiscal year. It remains to be seen what happens when Congress returns from their recess, and how much governing Congressional Republicans are willing to do to avoid a government shut down just before the midterm elections.

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FY19 Appropriations Outlook: What Moves When and How

As Congress returned from the Fourth of July holiday this week, the House and Senate will dedicate much of their time between now and the brief August recess to passing legislation to continue funding the federal government. While Congress may ultimately turn to a continuing resolution that punts an omnibus appropriations bill to the lame duck session or into next year, we anticipate that both chambers will try to move as many appropriations measures via minibus packages before fiscal year 2018 appropriations expire on September 30. 

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