How Biden Benefits From GA Senate Win

How Biden Benefits From GA Senate Win

( – The Senate showdown in Georgia between incumbent leader Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Republican challenger Herschel Walker failed to reach a conclusive resolution on November 8. Neither candidate secured over 50% of the vote, forcing the state to hold a runoff election on December 6. Senator Warnock defeated Walker the second time around, handing Democrats and the president a major win that’s likely to carry significant future benefits.

Bringing Some Breathing Room

The shift from a true 50-50 split in power within the Senate to the current 51-49 in favor of Democrats is welcome news for Biden’s administration. The lack of majority control left it continuously struggling to advance agendas, especially in situations where lawmakers opted to vote along party lines. Vice President Kamala Harris served as a tie-breaker nearly 30 times.

Harris will retain her position as the Senate President. However, she no longer needs to serve as a mediator in these matters now that Democrats are in control.

Democrats can also now skip waiting to see what more moderate or centrist lawmakers, including Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), will do or how they might vote. The two lawmakers have remained a persistent thorn in the sides of Biden and his party on more than one account. With a 51-49 majority, Democrats can afford to lose a vote or two and still manage to pass legislation.

Paving an Easy Path

While Democrats took the Senate, Republicans gained majority control over the House, creating a split Congress. Biden will still face stiff opposition from the GOP in the lower congressional chamber, which could still interfere with his party’s ability to affect change. Yet, it will become easier to get his nominees confirmed, too.

With 51 seats in the Senate, Democrats now effectively have control over its many committees. Several of these groups are directly responsible for holding hearings to confirm presidential nominees for judicial and administrative positions. If Republicans no longer have a voice on those committees, Biden’s nominees can breeze through confirmation even if certain Senators stand in opposition.

Biden likely still faces a tough second half of his current term, even with his party controlling the Senate. Up until now, he largely had to focus on convincing Sinema and Manchin to take his side. The 51-49 split grants him the ability to drastically shape the judicial branch and his own administration, should anyone choose to resign, which could help him stack Congress in favor of Democrats. But the president is still likely to face serious opposition from House Republicans.

Warnock’s win ultimately gave the Biden administration a significant, perhaps understated benefit: breathing room. How will the president use this newfound power?

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