With the 114th Congress convening on Jan. 3 under new leadership and with a new party in power, elected officials are beginning to outline their legislative agendas for the year.

For the Academy, a new Congress means the opportunity to continue advocating that children’s health is prioritized in the federal agenda and points to the need to educate new congressional leaders and incoming members about federal programs and policies that impact children and pediatricians.

The midterm elections gave Republicans control of the Senate for the first time since 2007 and increased their majority in the House, leaving the balance of power split between a Democratic White House and a Republican Congress.

Majority control in either chamber also means control over the gavel in key committees with jurisdiction over health-related issues. The Academy interacts with these committees regularly, whether by providing expert witness testimony during hearings or educating congressional staff at...

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