A Larger Majority
House Speaker John Boehner (OH-R) and his leadership team will now have a larger majority of rank-n-file members to work with. Also, there will be some reassignments of powerful committee chairs as some Chairmen have reached their six-year term limitation, a policy agreement among the republican caucus.
In the Senate, there are at least eleven new members (seven of them Republicans) and this will shake up Senate leadership and committee chairs. It is widely expected that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be the Majority Leader. McConnell signaled in his victory speech that it was important for Congress and the President to work together as they are all in the race together “to turn this country around.” McConnell mentioned policies that may likely receive focus under the new leadership, items like reducing regulatory burdens, tax reform, and perhaps even immigration reform.
- Likewise, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) also mentioned the increasingly burdensome regulations faced by farmers and signaled he expects to become the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
- Currently Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is the ranking member, but he is expected to become chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
- Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has signaled his aspiration to chair the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which would clear the path for
- Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to become the Armed Services Committee chairman.
- Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will likely chair the Intelligence Committee; Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) will likely chair the Foreign Relations Committee;
- Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is poised to chair the Environment and Public Works Committee; and
- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will likely chair the Finance Committee.