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Harris receives standing ovation in first Senate appearance as VP

Harris receives standing ovation in first Senate appearance as VP

Vice President Harris received a standing ovation in the Senate on Wednesday upon her first visit to the chamber after being sworn in as VP.

Harris, who hours earlier became the nation’s first female vice president, went from the inaugural ceremony to the Senate, where she swore in three new members to officially give Democrats a majority in the chamber.

They included Democrats Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis LeBron James's More Than A Vote ad campaign focuses on defending voting rights MORE (Ga.) and Jon OssoffJon OssoffAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE (Ga.), who won a pair of runoff elections earlier this month, as well as Alex PadillaAlex PadillaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls FBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package MORE (D), who Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomWhite House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director California to set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for areas most at risk Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE appointed to Harris's Senate seat.

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Despite leaving the Senate for the new Biden administration, Harris is likely to be heavily involved in the chamber’s activities as vice president. Warnock and Ossoff’s victories on Jan. 5 ensured a 50-50 split in the Senate, setting up Democrats to have a single-vote majority with Harris casting tie-breaking votes.

The swearing-in of the senators marked one of Harris's first official acts as vice president. It followed her participation in the inaugural procession to the White House, accompanied by the marching band from her alma mater, Howard University.

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