Washington Weekly
Nov. 10, 2014

Last Week

The midterm elections took place, resulting in Republicans taking control of the Senate and strengthening their control in the House. As of today, with two races still undecided, the Senate is Republicans 52 (+7) – Democrats 46 (-7), going into 2015. Right now, Republican challenger Dan Sullivan leads incumbent Senator Mark Begich in Alaska by roughly 8,000 votes, and Senate Mary Landrieu and her Republican challenger Representative Bill Cassidy head to a runoff on December 6. The House has still six races to count, with the current count at Republicans 244 (+12) – Democrats 184 (-12).More

This Week

Members of the House and Senate return to conclude their work in the traditional lame-duck session after two months of being away from Washington. On the agenda are government funding, national defense authorization and items such as addressing Ebola, combatting ISIS and a number of tax extensions that need to be addressed. In addition, ASA continues to work with our brick-and-mortar allies to advance e-fairness by pressing Congress to include it in must-pass legislation that extends a moratorium on Internet taxes. The Senate will also begin its work on the president's nomination for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, who is the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In addition, newly elected members of Congress will be in Washington for new member orientation and will be holding their respective leadership elections.More

Item of Interest

ASA's E-Advocacy hub has all the race results you and your employees need. A full list of seats that flipped parties can be viewed here. Races that have not yet been call can be seen here. The numerous incumbents who lost are here, and click here to see newly elected freshmen. To see who won and lost in your state and more, a full map of results can be found here.More

1 Senate, 5 House Races Still Too Close to Call
Roll Call
Nearly a week after Election Day, six races remain too close to call as local officials continue to count mail-in and provisional ballots. On Nov. 4, Republicans took control of the Senate by picking up seven seats so far, while House Republicans have picked up a net of 12 seats to date.More

Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it
The Washington Post
One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican's fumbling and lethargic re-election campaign. Roberts had raised a paltry $62,000 in August. He was airing no ads. His campaign staff, mostly college students, had gone back to school.More

Will Obama Veto the Keystone XL pipeline?
National Journal
Presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that passing legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline ranks near the top on the list of priorities for next year's Republican-controlled Senate. The Republican sweep in the midterm elections ushered in a wave of pro-pipeline GOP senators, tipping the scales so that the pipeline will now have a filibuster-proof 61-vote majority of support in the upper chamber next year.More

In Surprise, Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to 'Obamacare' Subsidies
The Hill
The Supreme Court recently agreed to take up a new challenge to "Obamacare" that Democrats fear could dismantle the healthcare law. 

The case, King v. Burwell, rests on whether the federal government can legally hand out healthcare subsidies in 34 states that have opted out of creating their own exchanges. About 87 percent of people enrolled in "Obamacare" receive the subsidies.More

Reid's Dilemma: Side with Republicans or Obama?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signaled he's open to making a deal with Republicans to clear a finite list of President Barack Obama's languishing nominees, but the idea sets up a potential conflict with fellow Democrats and the White House who want to ram through as many as possible now before they hand over their majority. Reid's approach would keep the holiday season from ending in a series of bitter midnight sessions and could avoid antagonizing Republicans, who are warning Democrats not to test them just weeks before the Senate changes hands in January. More