What Republican Control of Capitol Hill Means to Companies Big and Small

The Capitol is seen in Washington, Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, as lawmakers prepare to begin a five-week summer recess. Republicans pushed a divided House yesterday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)—Just like that, Washington’s political landscape has shifted again.

Republicans expanded their majority in the House of Representatives and captured enough seats in the Senate to seize control of that body, splitting political power between the Capitol and the White House. And while it remains to be seen whether single-party control of Capitol Hill will diminish or deepen the gridlock in Washington, it has changed the outlook for some of the legislative items that tend to matter most to employers and entrepreneurs.

There are also new faces locally. Maryland voters elected Republican Larry Hogan governor, ensuring divided government in the Democratic-dominated state capital. And the District is getting a new mayor, Democrat Muriel E. Bowser.

Here’s a sample of some of the election’s ramifications:

 

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