Two Democratic Senators Seated, Narrowing Republican Majority

HeadlineJan 04, 2018

On Capitol Hill, Vice President Mike Pence swore in two Democrats to the Senate on Thursday, giving the Democratic caucus 49 seats to the Republicans’ 51. Democrats are now two seats shy of a Senate majority, after former federal prosecutor Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a special election last month. Jones was seated Wednesday along with Tina Smith of Minnesota, who was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to replace former Sen. Al Franken. Franken formally resigned Tuesday after at least seven women said he groped them or forcibly tried to kiss them without their consent.

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