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The US-Asia Institute’s Diplomat Briefing on October 15th aims to provide a primary survey of the current congressional circumstances, what to pay attention during the election, and what it means for the diplomats in town. At the briefing, a panel of congressional experts will present the issue, and there will be the opportunity for diplomats and congressional staffs to commingle together.

The US midterm congressional elections will be on November 6th, 2018. Currently, the Republican Party controls more than half of the seats in both the Senate and the House, in which it creates a preferable collaboration with the White House. The legislative and executive body could work relatively easily in making decisions. Since President Lincoln’s time, it has been a consistent pattern that the President’s party would vacant the Congress for the opposition party in the midterm election. As the Republicans and Democrats are contesting seats, both an upheaval and an anchored fix may have a profound impact towards the relationship between the legislative and executive bodies, in which it may further affect the general relation toward Asia or the relation toward an individual country.

Event Venue: US-Asia Institute, 232 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 

Date: October 15, 2018 

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 

Note: the event is limited to diplomats only. There will be a second briefing after the midterm elections.