Democrats Gain Majority in Senate

In one of her first duties as Vice President, Kamala Harris swore in Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D), who defeated Sens. David Perdue (R.) and Kelly Loeffler (R.) in Georgia’s runoff elections on Jan. 5. 

Harris also swore in former California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), who was appointed to her old Senate seat and will serve through 2022.

Warnock and Ossoff are respectively the first Black and first Jewish senators representing Georgia, while Padilla is California’s first Latino senator.

With Harris officially sworn in as Vice President and President of the Senate, Democrats officially have an ever so slight majority in the Senate. The count is split 50-50, with Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

“We have turned the page to a new chapter in the history of our democracy,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said from the floor after the new senators were sworn in.

“The Senate will address the challenges our country faces head-on and without delay, not with timid solutions, but with boldness and with courage,” Schumer said.

The three priorities on the agenda are the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, Covid relief, and confirming President Biden’s Cabinet picks.

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