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Following the results of the Georgian election, Senator Chuck Schumer promised that the Senate with a Democratic majority would give priority to $ 2,000 to relieve COVID.

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WASHINGTON – Georgia Rafael Warnock and John Ossoff were sworn in in the Senate on Wednesday, formally giving Democrats control of the chamber as President Joe Biden seeks to push through his legislative agenda.

Senators were sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris at a ceremony at the US Capitol, one of her first acts as vice president just hours after she and Biden celebrated their inauguration. Harris, who resigned from the Senate this week before she took office, also swore in her deputy: Democrat Alex Padilla. He is the first Latino senator in California.

The change of power marks the first time Democrats have controlled the upper house since 2014, and for the first time in a decade, Democrats will control the House, Senate and White House. The last time was in 2011 under former President Barack Obama.

The new Democrats will give the House a 50 to 50 split, which effectively gives Democrats a majority because Harris – who serves as Senate president as vice president – will be the voter.

Oshof, who ousted Republican David Purdue, was sworn in using a book of Hebrew writings. His office says the book was once owned by Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, a civil rights leader who ran Atlanta’s oldest and most famous Jewish synagogue.

The 33-year-old senator is now the youngest member of the chamber and he is the first Jew to serve Georgia in the Senate.

Warnock, who ousted Republican Kelly Löfler, also made history. The pastor who served in the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church – where Martin Luther King Jr. served before his assassination – is the first black senator to represent Georgia and the 11th black senator in US history.

Hours before the couple was sworn in, Osoff and Warnock sat side by side at Biden’s inauguration. “This is a confirmation of the democratic process in the United States, the peaceful transfer of power,” Osof told reporters during the celebration.

He said he was ready to start work in the hall. “I really look forward to getting to work and providing investment in public health and the spread of vaccines and the direct economic relief that people are sending us here to fight,” Osof added.

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The battle for the Senate comes down to Georgia, a country that seemed long-term to Democrats not long ago. After Biden turned the country blue for the first time since 1992, seats in the Senate seemed to be thrown into a race for high stakes. Both Senate races in the November election led to a run-off on January 5, in which Osoff and Warnock won. Millions of campaign dollars have been poured into campaigns, and high-ranking figures in both parties are helping candidates campaign across the country, including visits by Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The new democratic system means Senator Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., is the new leader of the majority after serving four years as the leader of the minority. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Is now becoming a minority leader.

Sumer has already outlined a hall on the agenda, starting with three main priorities: approving candidates for Biden’s cabinet, passing on additional relief for COVID-19, and Trump’s impeachment process.

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Georgia’s elected senator, John Ossoff, thanked the Georgians for “choosing me to serve you.” (6th of January)

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The New York Democrat also drew attention to college debt, immigration reform, voting rights and climate change at the center of the House’s agenda for the next congress.

While Democrats will control the Senate, the House and the White House, the margins are so small that extensive legislation could have problems during the first years of Biden’s rule. House Democrats lost more than a dozen seats in the last election, leaving only a three-seat majority at the moment. There are currently three vacancies in the House, at least one of which is a safe Democratic Quarter.

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The Senate is in a similar situation with its 50-50 divisions. On Tuesday, Sumer met with McConnell for a power-sharing agreement, as the chamber will be divided in the middle.

The Senate last split 50-50 in 2001, when George W. Bush was president. Republicans and Democrats then struck an agreement that, among other things, called on the two parties to compromise on the Senate schedule, and there are an equal number of senators on each committee.

After the meeting, Sumer expressed support for such an agreement.

“Leader Sumer said the fairest, most sensible and easiest way forward was to accept the 2001 bilateral agreement without side changes from either side,” Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Sumer, said after the meeting.

McConnell has made defending the future of the filibuster, which requires an overwhelming majority of 60 votes to pass legislation quickly, a central issue in discussions on the agreement.

“Leader McConnell expressed his long-held view that the Senate’s crucial, long-standing and bipartisan rules on legislative filibuster remain intact, especially during the power-sharing over the next two years,” said McConnell’s spokesman, Doug Andres. aspects of the power-sharing agreement will continue over the next few days. “

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