Democrats keep Senate control ahead of Georgia runoff – JP
“The American people rejected, soundly rejected, the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty and divisive direction the MAGA Republicans wanted to to take our country,” Schumer said. He said a Democratic Senate would be “a firewall against the nationwide abortion ban threat so many Republicans talked about.”
House control remains uncalled, but if Republicans do take the House majority, the next two years could look like something of a mirror image of the last two years of the Donald Trump presidency. The Senate will have plenty of time to prioritize confirmation of President Joe Biden’s nominations, including lifetime seats on the federal bench.
“The Senate is in the personnel business” is a familiar saying of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and the operation of the Senate next year may resemble the nomination-focused chamber McConnell ran when Democrats controlled the House with Trump in the White House.
There’s space for some Republican victories, with a Senate that will see, at most, a 51-49 Democratic majority. There may be enough crossover votes for agreement with the House on efforts to try to block Biden administration rule makings through the expedited disapproval process under the Congressional Review Act, which provides for consideration of disapproval resolutions without the threat of a filibuster.
But Biden could veto those resolutions, making any victories symbolic.