Congressional incumbents and challengers are now in vigorous campaign mode for what is shaping up to be a very consequential mid-term Election on November 4. Congress is most likely to focus on the budget and appropriations funding during the “lame duck.” There are a number of opportunities within this space for FRA issues to move forward, such as placing stipulations on the Department of Labor rulemaking on H-2B visas for treeplanting, as well as suspending the Hours Of Service rule’s “Restart” provision until the research supporting it is validated. FRA expects to issue “Take Action” calls to its members on these issues in the weeks following the Election.
With campaigning over, “lame duck” sessions find legislators less wary of how opponents will spin their votes and positions on the campaign trail. At that time the composition of the next Congress’s House and Senate will be substantially revealed, and estimates of what that Congress may or may not be capable of will have more credibility.
Have you and your employees registered to vote, or learned the rules for early voting if it is available in your state? Please enter your zipcode in FRA’s Register to Vote module to learn the options. This Election—with control of the Senate in the balance—is one to show up for, and several of the most hotly contested Senate seats are in forested states.