In the Senate, Democrats clinched the majority with 50 seats. Only one race, Georgia, is still undecided where a December runoff is planned. This race will not flip the majority since Vice President Kamala Harris casts tie-breaking votes as the President of the Senate.
Republicans recaptured control of the House after reaching 218 seats – enough to take control but the sweeping flip “red wave” did not occur as predicted. Republicans currently hold 220 seats to 213 Democratic seats, while two seats remain undecided. Margins in both chambers are slim, reflecting the division in the country.
What does this mean?
The majorities in both chambers are razor thin and compromises will need to be made to pass funding bills and other priorities.
AGA will continue to prioritize our bipartisan efforts with congressional champions on both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). For the remainder of this Congress, we will fight to:
- Encourage the Senate to take a vote on the House-passed prior authorization reform bill.
- Support robust federal research funding for gastroenterology.
- Reduce dangerous cuts in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, effective Jan. 1, 2023.