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The Official Publication
of the Mason Contractors
Association of America
2008 Election Re-cap and
Michael J. Falencki
Now that the 2008 elections have concluded, it is time to analyze the results and finalize strategic advocacy plans for the next Congress, scheduled to begin with the swearing-in of the 111th Congress and first votes on Jan. 6, 2009.
Following is the list of new Democratic Senators, and the percentages by which they won their seats:
Very telling are the locations of Democrat seat pick-ups:
AL-2, AZ-1, CO-4, CT-4, FL-24, FL-8, ID-1, IL-11, MD-1, MI-7, MI-9, NC-8, NJ-3, NM-1, NM-2, NV-3, NY-13, NY-25, NY-29, OH-1, OH-15, OH-16, PA-3, VA-11, and VA-2.
Republicans picked up the following seats: FL-16, KS-2, LA-2, LA-6, and TX-22.
So, with the new makeup in the Administration and Congress, what does this mean for the legislative agenda in the 111th Congress, particularly, the agenda of the MCAA? It is anticipated that the various segments of the Democratic party will push for various policy items, with long laundry lists being pushed by Speaker Pelosi and many liberals, including climate-change legislation, tax reform, alternative energy proposals, and healthcare reform.
President-elect Obama already has championed five platforms for a stimulus package to be considered immediately. These policy items include the following:
In addition to this stimulus, Congress also will consider the reauthorizations of the highway bill, aviation bill and defense programs, which is likely to include
military housing. The annual Military Construction bill (MilCon) also will be considered, and some of the major policy reform bills could address items such as the estate tax, 3% withholding, AMT, workplace safety issues, and immigration.
We expect the 111th Congress to be active on a number of issues, and it is crucial that the MCAA be prepared to participate in the policy crafting and amendment process by educating members of Congress on our issues and identifying our champions on the Hill. The 111th Congress will present many opportunities for the MCAA to advance our agenda, and we must be prepared to move quickly to take advantage of the early onslaught of legislation.
The Keelen Group looks forward to working with the MCAA to score policy victories, and we are always here to answer any questions.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2009 17:15|