Republicans Narrowly Capture House, Democrats Hold Senate

A newly divided Congress gives lawmakers in the narrow House GOP majority leeway to block legislation and launch a battery of investigations. House Republicans will also control a key lever in the process for crafting the federal budget and hold crucial leverage in spending fights with the Biden administration. The narrow House majority will present a difficult situation for party leadership, as the speaker will have to keep practicing the entire conference together on key votes. An unexpected death or resignation could fundamentally alter the chamber’s balance of power.