Big Changes Coming in 118th Congress; Watch COSSA’s Post-Election Webinar

While some races still need to be called, notably, the Senate race in Georgia, there are some things we can be certain about now that we are past the November midterm elections. For example, come January 3 and the swearing-in of the 118th Congress:

  • Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2018.
  • Even with the change in party in the House and the still unknown outcome in the Senate, razor thin party margins will continue, resulting in bipartisanship, gridlock, and sometimes both.
  • Several champions for science will not be returning next year, requiring that all advocates engage with new elected officials about the value of our work.
  • House and Senate committees overseeing funding and policy related to science will see new leadership and members.

COSSA discussed some of these changes and possible committee and leadership shakeups during the November 17 post-election Headlines webinar. A recording is available here.

COSSA will be closely monitoring the activities and appointments of the 118th Congress and will be calling on members to engage with elected officials early in 2023.


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