Democrats to take management of the Senate on Wednesday as Warnock, Ossoff set to be sworn in
The Democrats will regain management of the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.
Senate Democratic Chief Sen. Chuck Schumer informed reporters on Tuesday that Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock – who defeated GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s twin Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections – will seemingly be sworn in on Wednesday. Additionally taking the oath of workplace that afternoon will likely be Alex Padilla, who was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
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Harris stepped down from her Senate seat on Monday, forward of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Harris on the U.S. Capitol at midday ET on Wednesday.
Fox Information confirmed that Harris will swear within the three senators a few hours after the inauguration.
The Wednesday swearing in of Ossoff and Warnock will come at some point after the Georgia Secretary of State’s workplace formally licensed their Senate election victories.
As soon as Ossoff, Warnock and Padilla take their oaths, the Senate will likely be cut up 50/50 between the Democrats and Republicans. However the Democrats will maintain a razor-thin majority, as Harris – within the vp’s constitutional function as president of the Senate – will maintain the tie-breaking vote.
After six years as Senate majority chief, Sen. Mitch McConnell will revert to minority chief on Wednesday, with Schumer taking up as majority chief.
Fox Information has confirmed that Schumer and McConnell are assembly later Tuesday afternoon, as they work on a power-sharing settlement for the evenly cut up Senate. The negotiations will cope with how the Senate operates and the way payments will advance with committees evenly cut up between the 2 events.
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The final time the Senate was cut up 50/50 was for the primary six months of 2001.
Requested in regards to the energy sharing negotiations, Schumer informed reporters “I’m speaking to McConnell later. We’ll see what occurs.”
Fox Information’ Peter Doocy and Patrick Ward contributed to this report