1 Congress Is Split As Republicans Take The House
It’s official, the G-O-P will take control of the U.S. House. It may not be a large margin, but on Capitol Hill, all that matters is that it is. And Republicans are already moving ahead. Current minority leader, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, has won party support to become Speaker of the House. This means President Biden will be dealing with a split Congress – as Democrats have already locked down their continued control of the Senate – hold ahead of Georgia's runoff election coming up on December 6th. Still, the question for many is – with a divided Congress, will anything get done? Meantime, many are questioning how former President Trump making another run at the White House will play into things. Early signs are…not much. At least, that’s the word from a new survey which shows a growing number of Republicans are starting to move past Mr. Trump.
2 Same Sex Marriage Protections A Step Closer To Reality
The Senate is closing in on historic legislation that would codify same-sex and interracial marriage as a right. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he's pushing these measures due to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court that recently overturned Roe v. Wade. The first hurdle passed yesterday, when the Senate voted 62-to-37 to move the bill forward, with 12 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats. The measures are on track to pass as early as today. The House is on track to pass the same legislation, making it more likely both will soon be law. President Biden is praising the development. “Love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love,” Biden said in a statement. “Today’s bipartisan vote brings the United States one step closer to protecting that right in law.” He’s also encouraging Congress to quickly send the bill to his desk where he will sign it into law.
3 Winter's First Bite Hitting Midwest. Moving East
The first day of winter may be more than a month away, but the first serious cold snap of the season will have just about everyone bundling up across the country in the coming days. In fact, major lake-effect snow is expected to blanket parts of the Great Lakes through the weekend. Feet of snow are also expected to bring travel to a standstill in parts of New York state, especially around the Buffalo area. But that isn’t the only region affected. Thanks to an unusually cold air mass that's moved in across the nation, frigid temps – and even snow – is expected from New Mexico all the way to New England. By the time the storm winds down, as many as 20 states could see snow from the storm pattern.