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Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes

Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes
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Six new senators were sworn in Sunday as part of the 117th Congress.

New members of the chamber included: Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), who defeated Sen. Doug Jones (D); Sen. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes Democrats frustrated, GOP jubilant in Senate fight Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night MORE (D-Colo.), who defeated Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs denounce Capitol attack | Contractors halt donations after siege | 'QAnon Shaman' at Capitol is Navy vet Lobbying world Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R); Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallGOP at crossroads after Capitol siege Here are the companies suspending political contributions following the Capitol riots Hallmark PAC asks Hawley, Marshall to return employee donations MORE (R-Kan.), who succeeded Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes Window quickly closing for big coronavirus deal Trump's controversial Fed nominee stalled after Senate setback MORE (R); Sen. Ben Ray LujanBen Ray LujanSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes ER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus The DCCC chooses a leader — but needs some new rules MORE (D-N.M.), who succeeded Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes We can achieve our democratic ideals now by passing the For the People Act Haaland nomination generates excitement in Native American communities MORE (D); Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), who succeeded Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R); and Sen. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results LIVE COVERAGE: Congress certifies Biden win after Pennsylvania, Arizona challenges fail Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Wyo.), who succeeded Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Wyoming mask mandate backed by GOP lawmakers goes into effect MORE (R).

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), who Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomFeehery: To move past Trump, Republicans have to think local The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration MORE (D) named as Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE’ replacement, is set to assume the seat after Harris resigns following the Jan. 20 inauguration.

"To say the 117th Congress convenes at a challenging time would indeed be an understatement," Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump has talked to associates about forming new political party: report McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) said in a statement after senators were sworn in. "From political division to a deadly pandemic to adversaries around the world, the hurdles before us are many and they are serious."

"But there's also plenty of reason for hope," McConnell continued. "An optimistic forward-looking ... spirit has been one of our country's most distinctive calling cards since our very earliest days. And with safe and effective vaccines rolling out across our nation every day, I'd say 2021 looks bright already."

The chamber’s balance of power will not become clear until after Tuesday’s Senate runoffs in Georgia, where Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerJustice Dept. closes insider trading case against Burr without charges Warnock, Ossoff to be sworn into Senate Wednesday afternoon Georgia secretary of state certifies Warnock, Ossoff victories in Senate runoffs MORE (R) and David PerdueDavid PerdueWarnock, Ossoff to be sworn into Senate Wednesday afternoon Georgia secretary of state certifies Warnock, Ossoff victories in Senate runoffs Nikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid MORE (R) will defend their seats against the Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) and Jon Ossoff (D), respectively.

A Democratic victory in both seats would result in a 50-50 split in the chamber, with tie votes broken by Harris.