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January 7, 2021

Washington in 2021 | Democrats control White House and Congress

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won the Georgia runoff elections, giving Democrats control of the Senate beginning later this month. With the parties split 50-50 in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will break ties, allowing major priorities like stimulus, climate change, and health care, potentially paid for with tax increases, to be brought up and passed in the House and Senate. The party ratio in the chamber was going to be narrow under either Georgia runoff scenario, requiring bipartisan cooperation for much to get done, but Senate control affords Democrats additional options like budget reconciliation.

This publication from Washington Council Ernst & Young, and attached below, provides additional details.


Washington in 2021