Alabama's Doug Jones sworn in as senator, narrowing the Republican majority

Alabama's Doug Jones sworn in as senator, narrowing the Republican majority

WASHINGTON-Democrats Doug Jones and Tina Smith have officially been sworn in as US senators on Wednesday.

The man who ran former Chief Justice Roy Moore's failed bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama is now running for a U.S. congressional seat himself. With that narrow majority, Republicans can lose no more than one GOP vote and still confirm President Donald Trump's nominees on party-line votes. That announcement earned praise from some civil rights groups, as Gresham becomes the only African-American chief of staff in a Senate Democratic office. As a former U.S. Attorney, Senator Jones brings to Congress his experience fighting for the most vulnerable among us.

Both Biden and former VP Walter Mondale served in the Senate; their time overlapped for a few years in the 1970's, before Mondale served as Vice President to President Jimmy Carter.

Jaffe also said that he was there by Jones' side when the senator-elect delivered his acceptance speech and plans to be at the Senate when Jones is sworn into the chamber tomorrow.

Ten other Democrats representing states that Trump won have been swing votes on some GOP priorities. "That is a nonstarter", Jones said.

"I think there's a lot of reason for optimism about Doug Jones' career in the Senate". Al Franken. He resigned after a series of sexual harassment accusations.

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Jaffe said he's known Jones for more than 30 years, considers him a close friend and helped the Democrat fundraise for the Senate special election.

Jones will have the opportunity to weigh in on some contentious issues, as the Senate must take up the issue of funding the government before January 19th and decide the fate of "dreamers", the children of undocumented immigrants.

In the days before last month's special election for a vacant senate seat for Alabama, Mr Moore, a conservative evangelical Christian, was accused of making antisemitic comments.

Like he did during his campaign, Jones is expected to keep his focus on issues affecting his state rather than becoming mired in national political debates. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat. Moore, who alleged voter fraud in the election and raised money for a supposed investigation, has yet to congratulate Jones on his victory.

"Fake news would tell you that we don't care for Jews". During the Republican primary earlier this fall, HRC launched direct mail, online ads, and robocalls targeting receptive voters to make them aware of Moore's extreme views.

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