Big Decisions Made in the U.S. Senate

Senate Override’s President Trump’s Veto of Defense Bill. On JANUARY 1, 2021 the U.S. Senate voted 81-13 to, for the first time, override a veto of President Trump by exceeding the necessary 2/3 majority. The decision is reflective of the widespread popularity of one of the bill’s main features – a pay raise for the U.S. Military

Senate Certifies Presidential Election Results. On JANUARY 6, 2021 the U.S. Senate voted in the favor of the American people and electoral college by confirming that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. President on January 20, 2021. This decision came despite interruptions from pro-Trump protesters who stormed the Capitol Building, breaking in and causing an evacuation of the Senators. Only 6 Republican Senators dissented.

Changes to the Senate Majority. On JANUARY 6, 2021 Senate runoff races in Georgia concluded, with Democrats Warnock and Ossoff defeating incumbent Republicans Loeffler and Purdue, respectively, and thus providing an even, 50/50 split in the Senate. Since soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the tie-breaker on Senate votes, this historic victory clears the way for an easier legislative path when President Biden takes office.

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