WASHINGTON — The Republican majority in the Senate narrowed to 51-49 on Wednesday as two new Democratic senators were sworn into office, complicating GOP efforts to advance the party’s legislative agenda before the 2018 midterm elections. Former Vice-President Joe Biden stood next to Jones in the Senate chamber and former Vice-President Walter Mondale joined Smith. The event was then repeated in the Old Senate Chamber, once the home to the U.S. Senate and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860 to 1935. Jones is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century. His victory over Republican Roy Moore shrinks the Republican majority, complicating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to move the GOP’s agenda and President Donald Trump’s nominees.
Source: National Post January 03, 2018 08:41 UTC