New Hampshire Today: Interview with Congressman Chris Pappas


In an interview with Chris Ryan and Justin McIsaac, the Representative from New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, Chris Pappas, discusses the possible effects of Democratic Party’s victory in the Georgia Senate Races, projects on what will be the priorities in the next Congress, speculates whether the progressive wing of the Democratic Party will be content if their agenda is not followed by Congress and the Biden administration, and weighs in on the attempt by Republicans to decertify the results of the Electoral College.

With last night’s Senate victories of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia, the Democrats now have a very thin majority in the US Senate and slight majority in the House of Representatives, and the Presidency. Congressman Pappas believes that the moderates of the two parties will be in position to push forward bipartisan legislation. The Congressman states that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will no longer be a roadblock to getting things done for the Am

Congressman Pappas is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will work together in the next Congress on funding another COVID relief package and a program to reboot our economy by rebuilding our infrastructure by constructing roads and bridges and increasing broadband access.

If a moderate agenda rules the day in Washington, it is believed by many that Alexandria Ocasio Cortes and the Squad will be upset that more progressive legislative policies are not being put forward. Chris Pappas feels that, despite policy differences, the progressives will be satisfied as long as Congress is working toward improving life for the American people on issues such as healthcare, COVID, and climate change.

The Congressman believes that the showing by the Democratic Party in Georgia in the Presidential and Senate races indicates that the party should move toward expanding its influence in other red states and by reaching out to voters in rural areas of the country.

Approximately one hundred Republican lawmakers are poised to reject the results of the Electoral College by stating that they believe that the elections in some states were fraudulent. Congressman Pappas says, “It is not within Congress’ purview to be overturning state-certified election results. The election is over. They’re all over, finally. It’s time for our country to come together and get to work. The American people are more concerned with getting results than relitigating the