Here's what's happening this week in Congress.
On Tuesday, November 6th, Americans took to the polls to determine their new federal Representatives and Senators. Here are the results from the election:
It is expected that Republicans will hold 53 seats in the Senate and Democrats will hold 47. Republicans picked up three new seats in Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota. Democrats picked up one seat in Nevada. Mississippi, Florida and Arizona elections are still too close to call.
Democrats will hold 229 seats in the House and Republicans will hold 206. Democrats picked up 30 new seats and Republicans picked up 2 new seats. Eighteen seats are still too close to call. We have listed the states where Democrats and Republicans picked up new seats and where the elections are still too close to call below.
AZ, MI (2), PA (5), CO, FL (2), MN, NJ (3), IA (2), SC, TX (2), IL (2), NY (2), VA (3), KS, OK
Too close to call:
AZ, ME, CA (7), MT, NC, NJ, NM, NY, TX, UT, GA, WA
Democrats and Republicans will vote on new leadership in early December with Democrats determining the new Speaker of the House and Republicans identifying a new Minority Leader. On the Democratic side Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) has expressed interest in the role. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-1) on the Republican side have put in a bid for the Minority Leader job.
Other areas to note is that the House Appropriations Committee, which helps determine federal STD funding, have 7 members exiting, 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Additionally, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee which oversees any laws and authorizing bills related to HHS will be losing one member, a Republican. Once NCSD knows more about who will fill these positions we will be sure to keep you informed.
Idaho, Nebraska, Utah and Montana all had Medicaid expansion on the state ballots. The measures were successfully passed in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. Montana has voted against the ballot, which would halt the process they have already begun of Medicaid expansion in the state.