Democrats Control the House vs. Republicans Control the Senate,

The 116th Congress Begins 

What it Means for your Organization
A Webinar for Alaska

Wednesday, January 16, 2019   9:00am - 12:00pm (AK Time)

               Because of the earthquake that Anchorage experienced on November 30, Woods Institute will be giving a webinar on the 116th Congress for clients in Alaska instead of the advertised two-day seminar on the U.S. Congress.

                As a result of the 2018 mid-term elections, divided government has returned to Washington with the Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate.  There is much work to be done.  The question is whether there can be any bi-partisan cooperation to pass legislation.

               With the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, they will chair all of the House committees and subcommittees.  The agendas of these new chairpersons will differ greatly from those of their predecessors, the republicans, especially in the areas of natural resources and the environment.  Hearings on climate change, reviews of major environmental legislation, and the increased use of Congress’s very important role of oversight, or review, of executive branch programs and activities will be the focus of House committee chairpersons.

                If the Republican controlled Senate works as it did in the 115th Congress, there will be continued focus on the appointment of conservative leaning judges to the federal judiciary. Consensus may well be formed to consider seriously passage of environmental legislation since Senators’ states are larger constituencies than the echo-chambers of gerrymandered House districts.
Webinar topics will include:

  • A review of the 115th Congress’ Leaders in the Senate and  the House.
  • A Review of the Senate and House Committees with Jurisdiction over Participants’ Issues and Budgets
  • Outlooks for the 116th Congress’ Actions on Alaskan Issues e.g. status of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 

            2019 funding, oil and gas leasing on federal public lands, climate change.

  • Suggestions for Working with the New 116th Congress

 The fee for this webinar for each participant is 
$265.00. It includes a copy of the PowerPoint slides that are tailored to Alaska. Participants may register either with a VISA or MASTERCARD or an SF-182 at

Dr. Patricia D. Woods, president and founder of Woods Institute of Washington, DC, is the chief instructor. She has taught courses on Congress in Washington and for federal agency field staff from the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Naval Air Community. She has taught similar classes for federal and state agencies and American citizens across the country.