On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren called for new Senator-elect Doug Jones, the newly elected Democrat from Alabama, to have his seat formally instated “without any delay” in the wake of his special election victory in Alabama.
I call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to listen to the people of Alabama and seat @GDouglasJones without any delay.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) December 13, 2017
Jones defeated his embattled GOP opponent, Roy Moore, in the election race that determined who would be the replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the upper chamber of the Senate. Jones is celebrated as the first member of the Democratic party to win a Senate seat in the state of Alabama since 1992.
While the final tally of Alabama’s special election will require certification prior to Jones being seated, it is merely a formality at this point. Jones beat Moore by enough that the Republican never received an automatic recount of the votes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remarked that the victor of the Alabama Senate special election would not be sworn in before the Senate has completed its work for the year.
When asked about the impact the Senate race will have on the timeline for tax reform, McConnell told reporters that “Senator Strange is going to be here through the end of this session.” McConnell was referring to Republican Senator Luther Strange from Alabama, who accepted appointment to the seat in February.
Senators aim to have the year’s work wrapped up some time next week, which is important to mention, since it means that McConnell can depend on senator Strange’s vote for tax reform.
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