able to expand their majority from a
margin of 53-47 to 55-45. While this
does not provide a filibuster-proof majority, it will clearly embolden Senate
Democrats to stand strong in the next
Meanwhile, across the Capitol in the
House of Representatives, the Republican Party fell far short of their early
goal to expand their majority. Entering
the night with a commanding 50-vote
majority (240-190 with five vacancies),
they saw their control slip by at least
seven seats to 233-196, with six seats
still undecided at press time.
The results on Capitol Hill mean that
the same parties that have dictated the
agenda in the House and Senate for the
past two years will continue to control
the agenda for the next two years.
And while the direction in which
House Republicans and Senate Democrats choose to take the country remains to be seen, one thing perfectly
clear is the affect the elections will have
on the NACS agenda. The answer: very
NACS has clear objectives entering the
next Congress: Continue pressing for
swipe fee reforms, push for liability
protections for retailers selling legal
fuels and ensure a level playing field in
the regulatory agenda. While the details of each issue may vary from time
to time, our general approach does not.
With a carbon copy Congress, there is
no pressing need to dramatically alter
However, 90 new members of Congress will begin their first terms next
year. On top of that, more than two-thirds of the House of Representatives
next year will have served fewer than
six years in the legislature. What’s obvious to us is that it’s more important
While the direction in which House
Republicans and Senate Democrats choose
to take the country remains to be seen,
one thing that is perfectly clear is the affect
the elections will have on the NACS agenda.
The answer: very little.