How does the balance of power in the US Congress affect environmental policies?



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    There are many ways Congress can make its final decision about an environmental policy. I would say the biggest variable in how Congress votes on environmental policies is House and Senate majorities. If one particular political party has more seats than any others, then that party’s general opinion towards the policy will ultimately reflect the turnout of the vote. Of course, depending on the congressman/woman and the issue at hand, there may be some “against the grain voting;” for example, a conservative could take a more moderate or liberal stance on the subject, and vote differently than his/her party consensus. Right now with an increasing Republican majority in both the House and Senate, attempts to overturn strict environmental regulations in lieu of the poor economy to boost job creation is a definite possibility. 

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