WASHINGTON, D.C. — The power of congress will go through some major changes. On Tuesday, a new congress will be in session. It will bring a lot of change from the halls of the Capitol to western New York.
The one constant is the Senate will stay in the democratic majority but over in the House, it’s a whole different story. Republicans will now be in the majority in the House.
One of their first priorities will be to decide who will take over as the new Speaker of the House. Leader Kevin McCarthy (R- CA) could potentially win that election. It just depends if he gets enough votes from his own party.
But with this change, it also means committee’s will have different leadership with republicans in control and some republicans have even stated that they want to form new committees as part of their investigative power. They’ve suggested they might form a committee investigating the withdrawal from Afghanistan and even the Biden administration.
Republicans feel like they will be able to have more say. Many republican members we’ve spoke to recently felt shut out when they were in the minority. This is something outgoing Representative Joe Sempolinski (R- NY) explained.
“Breaking one party control in Washington D.C. so now that there has to be a Republican seat at the table is gonna be very positive for the next two years,“ said Rep. Sempolinski.
Sempolinski only held the seat in western New York for just a handful of months. He’s going to be replaced by Republican Nick Langworthy who is the former New York Republican Committee Chairman.