Democrats took control of the Senate for the first time since 2015, as Vice President Kamala Harris swore her designated successor, Alex Padilla, as well as Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who won their races in Georgia early in the month.
“I need to catch my breath, so much is happening,” said Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is now the new majority leader.
The Senate split will now be 50-50, but Democrats will have the advantage because Harris will have a deciding vote. It may be necessary, as Biden attempts to introduce a series of legislative priorities, including a $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief package and immigration reform.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will serve as the Acting Speaker of the Senate, who is third in contention for the presidency after the Deputy Speaker and Speaker of the House.
With democratic control from Congress and the White House, the legislation is expected to face legal challenges as Donald Trump was able to appoint more than 200 federal judges, including three Supreme Court seats. .
Schumer noted that he was the first New York-born majority leader in history and a “child of Brooklyn, the son of an exterminator and a housewife, and a descendant of Holocaust victims. . That I become the leader of this new Senate majority is a huge responsibility.
He said the Senate would solve problems “not with half-hearted solutions, but with boldness and courage.”
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