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House Republicans struggling with a narrow majority as Congress returns

The past few years have been boom times for K Street, with strong demand for lobbyists as Congress crafted enormous aid packages in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic followed by another bonanza after Biden took office and worked to pass an ambitious agenda.

Lobbyists say there’s still plenty of reason to hire them this year despite divided government, including appropriations, the farm bill, legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and the bipartisan committee to investigate China.

“People making the assumption nothing is going happen over the next two years might be making a mistake,” former House speaker John A. Boehner, now a senior strategic adviser at the law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, said in a statement.

Lobbying firms prepared for the new Congress by hiring former top leadership aides, with Akin Gump bringing on Reggie Babin, a former chief counsel to Schumer, and Brownstein snagging Will Dunham, a former McCarthy deputy chief of staff.

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