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Jan 6, 2021 at 4:59 pm ET

What Happens When the Senate Is Split 50-50?

With Democrats winning both Senate seats in Georgia, the chamber will have a balance of 50-50, enough for their party to secure control there for the first time in six years. With President-elect Joe Biden set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris香蕉视频苹果下载 will then become the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

香蕉视频苹果下载A Democratic majority means that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), the expected leader, will be able to control what legislation is given priority and what proposals are blocked. Still, in the Senate, lawmakers need 60 votes to advance most legislation. This often forces legislators to work together across party lines because supermajorities are rare.

Here are some more questions and answers about the implications of a split Senate.

Jan 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm ET

Georgia's Fulton County Pauses Vote Counting as Protesters Gather in Atlanta

Georgia’s Fulton County stopped counting ballots for the day out of an abundance of caution, county officials said Wednesday afternoon.

The move was in response to the presence of protesters outside the State Capitol in Atlanta, said Richard Barron, Fulton County’s elections director. “The fear is that they will come here,” Mr. Barron said in a text message. Hours earlier in Washington, pro-Trump rioters forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, clashing with police and forcing an evacuation of the building.

Mr. Barron said he sent election workers home based on advice from the county and police.

Jan 6, 2021 at 4:20 pm ET

Democrat Jon Ossoff Defeats Republican David Perdue in Second Georgia Senate Runoff

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue for a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he'll join fellow newly elected Democrat Raphael Warnock and give their party control of the chamber.

The Associated Press declared both men had won their races on Wednesday. The pair of upset victories will put Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade.

Mr. Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker, beat Mr. Perdue, who was first elected senator in 2014. Mr. Perdue’s term expired Jan. 3. Mr. Warnock, the pastor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church, defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler earlier in the day, the AP projected. Ms. Loeffler was appointed a year ago to fill the seat of GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned for health reasons.

Messrs. Ossoff and Warnock will be the first Democrats to represent Georgia in the Senate since 2005 and will be sworn in the coming weeks. The change of power in the Senate will hand the incoming Democratic administration of President-elect Joe Biden a Congress more willing to consider its agenda—from confirming Mr. Biden’s judicial nominees and cabinet appointee to seeking additional federal spending responding to Covid-19 pandemic, items that were central to Messrs. Ossoff and Warnock’s campaigns.

香蕉视频苹果下载Once the Georgia senators-elect are sworn in, Democrats and Republicans will each hold 50 seats in the Senate. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast tie-breaking votes.

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Jan 6, 2021 at 4:18 pm ET

Jon Ossoff (D)香蕉视频苹果下载 Wins Georgia Senate Race

Jan 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm ET

Joe Biden’s Agenda Gets Boost From Georgia Runoffs

President-elect Joe Biden has a stronger shot at advancing his legislative agenda through a divided Senate after two runoffs in Georgia appeared poised to give Democrats control of the chamber.

Democrat Raphael Warnock won a Senate seat in Tuesday’s runoff elections, and Jon Ossoff led in the other race as vote-counting continued Wednesday. If Mr. Ossoff wins, each party will have 50 Senate seats at the start of Mr. Biden’s presidency, allowing Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to break any tie.

That would give Democrats control of both the House and Senate and elevate Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) to majority leader for the first time in his career. The incoming president would be positioned to push for a more ambitious spending package aimed at taming the coronavirus pandemic and bolstering the economy, two central themes of his 2020 campaign against President Trump. And he would be more likely to see his chosen cabinet members confirmed quickly.

Mr. Biden said in a statement that the Georgia results showed that voters wanted action on an array of issues and that he remained committed to working with Republicans to find consensus.

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