February 2011 Policy Update

Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) reports on the new Congress

With the New Year underway, the 112th Congress was sworn in on January 5th with a change in leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to Republican control and Democrats narrowly maintaining control of the U.S. Senate. There are some particular items of note regarding the new Congress. The House will feature the largest freshmen class in more than 60 years with 93 newly elected House members (84 Republicans, 9 Democrats), 35 of which have never previously held elective office (the largest number since 1948). On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate will be comprised of 13 new Republican members and three new Democrats whose caucus currently holds a 53 to 47 seat majority.

As with any new Congress, the upcoming session will bring forth new challenges and opportunities for APA. APA's PI-GRO is hopeful that the 112th Congress may be a busy time with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (including the Minority Fellowship Program), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Older American Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) all up for reauthorization in the next session. Further PI-GRO will continue to press forward on other important policy goals such as the Health Care Reform implementation, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy implementation, LGBT equity and health, healthy media for youth, and support for service members, veterans, and their families. To learn more about these and other PI-GRO policy priorities, please visit the PI-GRO page.