Georgia will chart the course for the next generation
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As Biden put it at a rally to support Ossoff and Warnock:
The power is literally in your hands. Unlike any time in my career, one state can chart the course — not just for the next four years, but for the next generation.
Republicans and Democrats now have 50 seats each in the Senate. As the incoming Vice-President, Kamala Harris will have the critical tie-breaker vote for a simple majority. For votes that need a supermajority, consensus between the parties will still be required.
Of course, passing bills through a 50-50 Senate will present difficulties for both parties, but at a moment where partisanship is at an all-time high in the nation, this could present an opportunity for dialogue and better relations between the Republicans and Democrats.
Democrats will now have the final say on Biden’s Cabinet choices and his picks for the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court which bills are presented to the Senate floor. Finally, and crucially, thanks to Warnock and Ossoff, it will be the Democrats — and not Mitch McConnell — who decide which bills come to the Senate floor.
Today will go down in the history of the United States of America, and Georgia has played a key role in shaping the future of the nation.