Democrats Take US Senate Majority As Two New Members Sworn In
Two Georgia Democrats were sworn in as the newest members of the US Senate on Wednesday, handing their party control of the upper chamber just hours after President Joe Biden took office.
With Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock — who ousted two Republicans in a pair of January 5 run-offs — being formally seated, the body now stands deadlocked at 50-50.
That means Democrats control the chamber because new Vice President Kamala Harris acts as the tie-breaking vote.
Harris, herself a former senator from California, presided over Wednesday afternoon’s session just hours after becoming vice president, and swore in the two Georgia men and her own replacement, Alex Padilla.
By flipping the Senate, Democrats now control all levels of power in Washington, providing Biden with a golden opportunity to push through some of his key legislative priorities including a $1.9 trillion relief package to help American families and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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