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Stephanie Salmon, Artemis Strategies; Jeff Hannapel & Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON ALERT

Election Results 2013: An Overview W

ith President Barack Obama winning his reelection, it is

anticipated that many major environmental, health and safety rules will be published in final form, which will likely trigger a political reaction on Capitol Hill as Republicans invoke the Con- gressional Review Act in an effort to block them from becoming law. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, has many major rules on track to become final later this year or early next year, including NAAQS PM 2.5. In addition, dozens of rules required under the Dodd-Frank Act are in the works. Finally, the President’s re-election puts his Administration in a com- manding position to finalize numer- ous rules that solidify the regulatory framework for implementing the Affordable Care Act. In the Senate, Democrats added to


Updates on the Committees House Committee on Small

Business: Republicans have a slight majority, 12-10 over Democrats. Rep. Samuel Graves (R-Mo.) is currently the committee chairman and Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) is the current ranking member. Both are likely to keep their titles.

House Committee on Natural

Resources: The majority belongs to Republicans, 27-20. Rep. Doc Hastings (R- Wash.) is not term-limited but may choose to leave the committee to chair the Rules Committee, in which case Rep. Robert Bishop (R-Utah) is favored to succeed him. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is likely to remain the ranking member. House Committee on Energy

and Commerce: Republicans hold the majority, 31-23. Rep. Frederick Upton (R-Mich.) likely will remain chairman and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) likely will remain ranking member.

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: A slight majority is held by Democrats, 10-8. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may move to chair the Foreign Relations Committee, in which case Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will take her place. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) may move to ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, in which case Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) will take his place. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Democrats hold a slight majority, 12-10. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) will retire and likely be replaced

by Sen. Ronald Wyden (D-Ore.) as the next chairman. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.) is likely to remain ranking member.

Senate Committee on Small Busi- ness and Entrepreneurship: Democrats hold a marginal majority over Repub- licans. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is likely to remain chairman. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will retire and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is likely to serve as ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) or Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) will likely become the new ranking member.

For additional information, contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office, 202/842- 4864,

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which would have given them the majority. In the gubernatorial races,

Republicans gained a seat in North Carolina, giving them a 30-19 majority of governors in the U.S. The Bush era tax cuts including

temporary tax provisions are expected to expire at the end of the year unless the current law is amended. Metalcasters stand to feel the effects of the Research and Development tax credit’s and estate tax relief ’s expiration. Across-the-board spending cuts

their majority, picking GOP-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana, giving them a 55-45 majority. Republicans picked up a formerly Democratic seat in Nebraska. In the House, Republicans now

have a 234-199 majority. Democrats missed their goal of adding 25 seats

adding up to $109 billion are set to kick in on Jan. 2 and these, combined with the possible expiration of Bush- era tax cuts, are leading the nation to a so-called “fiscal cliff.” Some critics are skeptical of the effects of the expira- tions and are pushing for a big deal on tax reform and deficit reduction. There is also expected to be a

large Cabinet turnover beginning in early 2013.

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