This Week’s Update

Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) were sworn in, resulting in a 50/50 split in the Senate. Democrats now hold a majority in the Senate, with Vice President Harris serving as the tiebreaking vote. The Senate confirmed Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence and Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense. The Senate may vote later today on the nominations of Janet Yellen to be Secretary of the Treasury and Anthony Blinken to be Secretary of State.

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) were sworn in, resulting in a 50/50 split in the Senate. Democrats now hold a majority in the Senate, with Vice President Harris serving as the tiebreaking vote. The Senate confirmed Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence and Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense. The Senate may vote later today on the nominations of Janet Yellen to be Secretary of the Treasury and Anthony Blinken to be Secretary of State.
  • House – The House passed legislation to provide a waiver to allow Lloyd Austin to serve as Secretary of Defense (H.R. 335), which was subsequently passed by the Senate.

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate is expected to continue its consideration of President Biden’s cabinet nominees. The Senate may vote on the nominations of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security, Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation, and others. The Senate may begin the impeachment trial of President Trump, but a timeline has not yet been announced.
  • House – The next votes in the House are scheduled for February 2. The legislative schedule for the House has not yet been announced.

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