Caucuses Aim to Chart Paths for Congress

Caucuses Aim to Chart Paths for Congress

As the dust settles on the 2022 midterms, all eyes are on the political caucuses that will play a key role in determining the direction of a narrowly divided House of Representatives.

Caucuses on the far left and far right are already making clear their intentions to sway the Democratic and Republican parties in their favor.

For instance, Politico is reporting that the conservative House Freedom Caucus is planning to launch a challenge against Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) bid for House Speaker.

Likewise, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, stated over the weekend that “there’s no question that this will be the most progressive Democratic caucus in decades.”

But the path the House charts this Congress could come down to the center.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) will continue to co-chair the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which was the driving force behind major bipartisan legislation passed in the current Congress including last year’s infrastructure bill and this year’s CHIPS Act and gun safety bill.

Marketwatch identifies a number of issues, including cryptocurrency regulation, defense, and agriculture, where the kind of bipartisan approach championed by the Problem Solvers Caucus could yield real results for Congress.