Two Senate runoffs in Georgia last week has given the democratic party full control of the United States Senate. The Rev. Raphael Warnock beat Senator Kelly Loeffler by 2 percentage points, and 33-year older challenger Jon Ossoff defeated the incumbent David Perdue. The National Journal notes “Perdue ran well ahead of Ossoff in the election’s first round two months ago,” suggesting that the last 60 days of vitriolic messaging about voter fraud ultimately dismantled the Republican turnout.
Ironically, it was the former capitol of the US Confederacy that would turn the political tide. The first black man in Georgia’s history, and a 33-year old son of Jewish immigrants, are not only the new senators in the State of Georgia, but together turned the sail of the United States Senate toward democracy.
Their victories will give Democrats full control of the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in 10 years, and their majority on Capitol Hill will enable a Biden Administration to enact a boldly progressive agenda in his first 100 days including; an aggressive COVID-19 Task Force, reversing Trumps corporate tax cuts, reentering environmental agreements, welcome 11 millions DREAMers, enforce DACA, reuniting families separated at US borders, strengthening police reform, healthcare, education, and relationships with foreign leaders. Moreover, Biden's proposed "Made in America" plan will pour $400 billion into domestic manufacturing, and an additional $300 billion into research and development, in what is being compared to an infrastructure initiative similar to FDR’s New Deal.
Congress 'Receives' State’s Electoral Votes
The United States Congress is commissioned by the 12th Amendment to “receive and open sealed certificates from the U.S. states electoral voters.” It is not authorized to certify them. The people of the United States elect their president — not courts, judges, or congress. While the United States Vice President is commissioned to “receive and open sealed certificates,” both receiving and opening those ballots is a purely ceremonial.
The states historically had to hand carry their certified electoral ballots — before the advent of the telephone, telegraph or television — to the United States Capitol where’d they’d be received and opened by the Vice President and presented to Congress. Therein, Members of Congress could object to those votes, granting them 2 hours to debate and then a vote. However, those votes were procedural in nature and designed to ensure that the electoral process itself, by which the votes were cast, was fair and lawful. While these proceedings are typically brief and ceremonial, this year’s proceedings ended with the 2021 Storming of the United States Capitol; a final coup and path to victory for President Donald J. Trump.