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2018 U.S. Midterm Elections: Democrats Gain Majority in House, Republicans Retain Majority in Senate

Voters delivered a split decision during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, with Democrats gaining a majority of seats in the U.S. House while Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate.

In the House of Representatives, Democrats will hold 233 seats with 5 races yet to be called. Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was selected by his fellow Republicans this week to serve as the minority leader beginning in January (House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi) did not seek re-election to the House). House Democrats will hold their leadership elections in December, with current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seeking to return to the speakership.

The House Ways and Means Committee will experience a significant turnover and new leadership come January. Ten Republicans and two Democrats are not returning to Congress. Current ranking member Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) will likely become chair of the committee with current Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) serving as ranking member, or top Republican, on the committee. On the House Education and Labor Committee, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC) are expected to continue their leadership roles for the respective parties with Scott becoming the committee chairman.

In the Senate, Republicans will have at least a 52-47 majority with only one race not yet called. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were re-elected this week as leaders of their respective caucuses. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) announced plans to return as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee as chair, replacing retiring chair Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Current ranking member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will likely maintain his role. Two committee members from each party will not return to Congress in January. There will likely not be any changes in leadership for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) maintaining their current roles.

CASE will continue to build support for a universal charitable deduction and repeal of the endowment excise tax and our other legislative priorities in the new Congress. For additional analysis and information regarding the midterm elections and the upcoming 116th Congress, download our new Washington Update webinar and subscribe to the CASE Advocacy Network.

CASE Board Approves New Global Policy Framework

The CASE Board of Trustees has approved the association's first Global Policy Framework. The framework will serve as a guide to how CASE can best support our members on policy issues wherever they are in the world.

The Global Policy Framework was developed in consultation with CASE's volunteer leadership and staff in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. It outlines seven broad policy areas of concern to CASE and all CASE members across the globe. As advocates for the advancement profession, our policy areas include charitable giving, global movement, institutional autonomy, the cost of education and data privacy and protection.

The framework is not designed to be a legislative agenda or a specific list of issues where CASE will take a position or action in a particular timeframe. It does, however, provide CASE with the flexibility and foresight needed to effectively monitor and proactively respond to policy developments. The framework also provides a foundation for CASE to:

  1. develop country or region-specific legislative and regulatory agendas in the future, and
  2. determine whether the CASE should take a position on an issue as unexpected policy opportunities or challenges arise around the globe.

Over the next several months, CASE will be working with members to build out a plan to support the implementation of the framework. CASE volunteers, members and staff will also be identifying specific issues where CASE can be proactive.

State Relations Leaders in Maine, New York Honored for their Work

CASE has announced the recipients of the 2018 Service Awards in State Government Relations.

John N. Diamond, president and executive director of the University of Maine Alumni Association, will receive the Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Achievement Award. Diamond was selected to receive the award for his leadership in revitalizing the University of Maine's legislative strategy and standing in the state. During his tenure as Director of Public Affairs at the University of Maine, Diamond helped secure significant reinvestment in the University of Maine System through his signature integrated advocacy approach.

Dr. Robert Amler, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs at New York Medical College, will receive the 2018 Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation. Dr. Amler is being honored for his groundbreaking leadership in elevating New York Medical College's profile among New York policymakers. He built a government affairs operation from the ground up and successfully established the college as a policy influencer and leader in public health.

The two awards are given annually for leadership in state relations and institutional advocacy. The awards are administered by the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon on December 6, 2018 at the 2018 Higher Education Government Relations Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

These articles are from the November 2018 BriefCASE issue.

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