(RepublicanPress.org) – The first full week of January 2021 was chock full of events for political watchers. We’re finally seeing what the new balance of power in Congress is like and it’s worrying, especially in the Senate.
Georgia held its Senate runoff elections on January 5. Decision Desk HQ called Democrat Raphael Warnock as the projected winner over incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, while Democrat John Ossoff was named projected winner over incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue. However, it took another day or two before all the leading news organizations declared Ossoff the victor.
The following day, Congress convened to certify the Electoral College ballots, with Joe Biden receiving 306 Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump’s 232.
Georgia’s deadline for certifying the election results is January 22. Once Warnock and Ossoff are sworn into office, the Senate’s balance will be tied at 50 Senators each, with Kamala Harris (D-CA) casting the tie-breaking vote in her new role as Senate president.
That means current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will switch places with current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), if the vote is certified later this month.
What happens next is the question that’s on everyone’s mind these days. Back in 2001, the last time Senate control was split, the majority and minority leaders shared power, with each committee having an equal number of members from each party. Committee budgets and staffing were equally dispersed. However, no one expects Schumer to be a party to such an arrangement this time.
This shift in Washington’s power structure is great for Joe Biden and Democratic legislators, but it’s not so good for Republicans. However, there is hope for conservatives.
With a 50/50 split in the Senate and the House having its slimmest margin in 20 years, there’s ample opportunity for Republicans to both pass and block legislation. It won’t be as easy as it has been the last six years under McConnell’s leadership. That said, Republicans may be able to get Democrats, especially in purple states and districts, to defect from their party and join them on some issues.
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