A look ahead at the 110th Congress
When Democrats won enough seats in the November mid-term elections to take over both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, they immediately began selecting their leaders and setting their agendas for the 110th Congress. Both House and Senate committee chairs are chosen primarily on the basis of seniority. Democrats have indicated that education and energy, such as reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and enhancing alternative energy resources, will be top priorities. Climate change will also likely be a big issue. Here’s a snapshot of what committee changes might affect the geosciences in the upcoming Congress, set to begin Jan. 4, 2007, and run through Jan. 3, 2009.