Halfway There: The Midterm Elections

On November 8th, US midterm elections will take place with all House seats, 35 Senate seats and 36 governor seats up for election. Forecasts are close with Republicans favored to win the House, while Democrats are favored to keep the Senate. Results will strongly impact what President Biden can achieve in the coming two years.

The Great Compromise: House of the People

The House is one of the legislative chambers in Congress and drafts and proposes legislation. Representation in the House is based on population size: states with a larger population have more representatives making it the more democratic of the two chambers. Work is largely done through standing committees, each having a specific policy area such as agriculture, natural resources, etc.

Climate Change: Another Victim Of The Politicization Of The Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has limited EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but leaves open options for the EPA to fight climate change. The ruling came as part of a series of rulings led by the new conservative supermajority. The basis of the ruling was the “major questions doctrine” which leaves other regulations potentially vulnerable.

BBBA: Current Status

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said in an interview for Fox News on 19th of December that he could no longer support the BBBA, taking the White House by surprise. Manchin revived hopes in March by proposing a new approach which would have sufficient funding for climate provisions from the BBBA The clock is ticking for the Democrats with the Midterm elections in November, which could potentially result in Republican control over the US Congress.