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Democrats gain control of US Senate as VP Harris swears in new lawmakers

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer

The Democratic Party takes control of the upper chamber of US Congress as new Vice President Kamala Harris swears in new lawmakers.

Three new Democratic senators were sworn into office Wednesday, giving the upper hand in the Senate to liberals.

The House is already in control of Democrats, which creates a golden opportunity for President Joe Biden to take action.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both won Senate runoff elections in Georgia earlier this month, defeating Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. 

The Senate is now divided 50-50, yet Democrats will be in control because Vice President Harris casts tiebreaking votes in the chamber. 

With their swearing in complete, Senator Chuck Schumer becomes the Senate majority leader and Senator Mitch McConnell the minority leader.

“What a good morning it is. We sure did not take the most direct path to get here but here we are,” Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As majority leader, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will have a partner who is ready, willing and able to help achieve a forward looking agenda,” he added.

Schumer will become the first Senate majority leader from New York and the first Jewish majority leader, making history along with Harris, who will become the first woman to serve as vice president.

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