A chance for change

The midterm elections offer an opportunity to shift the congressional balance of power

As government regulation of the roofing industry continues to grow, so does the importance of congressional elections. What happens Nov. 4 in the midterm races for the Senate and House of Representatives is sure to affect government policies that are of great importance to all sectors of the roofing industry.

Given the link between the election outcomes and government policies that regulate businesses, roofing professionals need to be fully aware of what is at stake when voters go to the polls this fall: control of the next Congress during the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency, which will end in January 2017.

The basics

To some degree, it could be argued this year's contest is round two of the 2012 elections. After three "wave" elections in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010—elections with a strong national trend favoring one party or the other—the 2012 elections essentially produced a stalemate. President Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney but largely failed to garner any strong policy mandates for governing. Meanwhile, in 2012, Democrats defended and even added slightly to their Senate majority, while Republicans lost a handful of seats but still maintained a firm grip on the House.