(TargetLiberty.org) – The first full week of January is one for the history books. The country saw the Electoral College ballot certification process and the brief occupation of the US Capitol Building by a mob of overly enthusiastic individuals.
Georgia concluded its highly anticipated US Senate runoff elections with both Democratic candidates projected to defeat their Republican incumbents.
This means Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will trade roles after Republicans managed to hold control of the chamber for six years. However, they won’t be switching offices due to some long-standing, time-honored tradition.
So what exactly does all this mean?
How Will the Senate Change Under Democratic Control?
That’s the $20,000 question and depends on whom you ask. If you ask Democrats, it means they’ll likely talk about authorizing the additional $1,400 in COVID-19 relief money for working-class Americans — which would be welcomed by most. You might also hear rumblings about the passage of college loan cancellation, the Green New Deal, Medicaid-for-All, and a host of other leftist pipe dreams.
However, the truth of the matter is that Americans probably won’t see many major changes in the next couple of years until the 2022 midterm elections and the country gets to do it all over again.
Why, you ask? Well, for starters, with a 50/50 split in the Senate and the House having its slimmest of margins in a couple of decades, Democrats won’t be able to get a lot done without support from Republicans.
This reality holds particularly true with top-dollar bills like health care or environmental reform because they usually require 60 votes for passage in the Senate.
Bottom line, things will likely continue moving at their usual slow pace in the Senate for the next couple of years. If history holds, Republicans may take control of the House and Senate after the 2022 midterms.
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