With the apparent victories of Georgia’s two Democratic U.S. Senate challengers in Tuesday’s runoff races, the liberal party appears to have a governing majority in the U.S. Senate.
For President-elect Joe Biden, whose Electoral College victory was ratified by Congress on Wednesday, the development will make it easier for him to “get big things done for our nation,” as he declared this week.
Georgia wins give Dems advantage
According to Fox News, the affirmation came in the form of a transition team statement this week by Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.
In the wake of Tuesday’s election, early results showed Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the hard-fought race.
By Wednesday afternoon, Jon Ossoff, the other Democrat in the race, had claimed victory over incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
With an apparent 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats, Harris is set to represent the tie-breaking vote in her capacity as president of the Senate.
Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) oversaw the loss of several seats in November’s election, her party will still carry a slim majority in the lower chamber during the upcoming legislative session.
“Leadership in the House and the Senate”
The Biden-Harris transition team promised to work for Americans across the political spectrum, however, in the statement released on Wednesday.
“It looks like we will emerge from yesterday’s election with Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate, and of course I’m pleased that we will be able to work with Speaker Pelosi and a [Senate] Majority Leader [Chuck] Schumer,” Biden explained, according to Fox.
He went on to express a determination “to work with people in both parties — at the federal, state, and local levels — to get big things done for our nation.”
As for what his agenda is likely to focus on at first, Biden mentioned a priority to pass another COVID-19 relief package as well as acting quickly on “climate, on racial justice, on voting rights and so much more.”
He also called for the swift congressional confirmation of his “nominees for critical national security positions at State, Defense, Treasury, and Homeland Security,” whom he asserted “need to be in their jobs as soon as possible after January 20th.”