That should happen around the same time as Wednesday’s inauguration.
Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer of the Georgia secretary of state’s office, said Friday afternoon that 151 counties havd already certified their runoff election results, leaving 8 to do so by Friday’s deadline. He said the state should be ready for final certification Tuesday.
Ossoff’s and Warnock’s elections pushed the number of Democrats in the Senate to 50; with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having a tie-breaking vote, that pushes the party into the majority. Once Warnock and Ossoff are sworn in, New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer will become the majority leader.
They will get to work right away.
The Senate’s first order of business is likely to be the impeachment trial where Trump faces a charge of “incitement of insurrection” tied to the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The House voted Wednesday to impeach Trump.
A two-thirds majority of senators is required to convict him. That means if all 50 Democrats agree, they still need 17 Republicans to join them.
Meanwhile, Biden’s team is also pushing for the Senate to begin confirming his political appointees. Cabinet-level positions require just a majority vote.
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