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A New Year, A New Congress, and New Afterschool Caucus Leadership

By Erik Peterson

This Wednesday, January 5, 2011, the members of the 112th Congress will be sworn and a new session will begin in Congress. As a result of the November 2, 2010 elections, the Republicans gained the majority in the House of Representatives, while the Democrats kept their Senate majority, although reduced from the previous Congress. The new majority in the House means a new House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman, Representative John Kline (R-MN). Former Chairman George Miller (D-CA) becomes Ranking Member.  In the Senate, Chairman Harkin (D-IA) remains head of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee with Senator Enzi (R-WY) continuing as Ranking Member.

The Afterschool Caucus also undergoes several changes for the new Congress. On the Senate side, Senator Boxer (D-CA) becomes the new Co-chair after former Co-chair Dodd (D-CT) resigned from the Senate last year. Co-chair Ensign (R-NV) will join Senator Boxer in leading the bipartisan Caucus which includes 31 members at the start of the 112th Congress. Co-chairs Representatives Moore-Capito (R-WV) and Lowey (D-NY) continue to lead the House Afterschool Caucus which begins the year with 72 members. Incoming Senate Afterschool Caucus Co-chair Boxer recently thanked former Co-chair Christopher Dodd (D-CT) for his service. Friends of afterschool and summer learning programs can contact their members of Congress inviting them to join the Afterschool Caucus. For a current list of the Caucus, click here.

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