For those keeping tabs on the Georgia election and US Senate balance: Swearing in likely between January 15--22nd
Lost to the dusty fog of the ancient history of last Tuesday, two Democratic candidates beat their Republican incumbents in Georgia's runoff elections by margins exceeding automatic recount mandates. One of those incumbents' terms expired January 3rd, meaning the Senate now has 99 members.Counties must certify results by January 15th, and the state by January 22nd, though possibly earlier. Swearing in will follow.
Vice President Mike Pence continues to hold the tie-breaking vote until noon on the 20th at which point VP-elect Kamala Harris becomes Vice President and President of the Senate, with a tie-breaking vote. Balance swings to the Democrats at some point between the 20th and 22nd, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York becomes the presumed Majority Leader
Barring further vacancies or shifts in allegiance, the Senate will have 49 democrats, 1 independent (Sanders, VT), caucusing with the Democrats, and 50 GOP members.
With a simple majority, the Democrats can pass legislation, confirm appointments, and change chamber rules. They lack
the 2/3 majority required to impeach, approve treaties, or approve Constitutional amendments without further GOP votes. Some power-sharing will occur, and Committee memberships will be evenly split, with co-chairs
I'm unclear on the rules for censuring or removing the chamber's own members, six GOP members of whom are widely considered to have supported sedition and overthrow of the elected executive representative of the People of the United States
: Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and John Kennedy of Louisiana.
The Georgia Senate election runoffs are over. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the projected victors. Here’s what happens next.www.msn.com