Senate tied But New Team in Charge

James Jensen, Reporter

The Georgia senate election was the last race to be called in this election season. It became extremely important because the Republicans only needed one more seat to have control of the senate, but the democrats needed two to make it a 50-50 tie. This would technically leave no majority party in the senate, but would the Democrats take the majority.

The Georgia Senate runoff was decided on January 5 after neither candidate had a majority win at the November election.  Democrats John Ossoff and Reverend Warnock ran the campaign against Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. In the end though, the Democrats flipped both seats to blue. That means that a historically red state now has both senators as Democrats and the senate is now in the control of the Democrats.

With the Democrats winning two  seats in the senate, this brings them to a 50-50 tie, where no party has a real majority. In the case of a tie in the senate majority goes to the party who is in power in the executive branch, consequently giving the Democrats the majority. If the senate reaches a tie vote, the Vice president (President of the senate) would cast the deciding vote. 

From the outcome of this election we can draw a conclusion of what President Joe Biden’s first two  years of office will look like. We will most likely see many progressive policies put in place. This could be anything from the Green New Deal coming back from the dead, to what we are already seeing with President Biden’s executive orders. We can also see what  is assumed  to be a bipartisan bill to amend the constitution limiting Congressional terms. This would make it so that representatives can only serve three two-year terms, and senators can only serve two six-year  terms. 

It’s unknown what the future of the United States looks like, but we can only hope for a safe and prosperous future.