After the Elections

Congress is juggling tasks as the Senate flips party control and Joe Biden prepares to take office

Rory Dungan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Jan. 5 Georgia senate runoff election resulted in the government’s flip in favor of the democratic party, which produced violence against the government the following day.

John Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are expected to be sworn in before the Jan. 22 deadline, according to WUSA 9 News. The confirmations will continue despite protests from some conservatives who claim the election was rigged. The two Georgia senators are also expected to participate in the impeachment trials against President Trump.

Meanwhile, the senate is juggling President-Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet confirmations on top of the upcoming impeachment hearings. Since Ossoff and Warnock have not yet been sworn in, the GOP-led Senate is holding the confirmation hearings of Biden’s cabinet picks.

The busy schedule of Congress comes less than two weeks after the attack on the Capitol building by a group of rioters. The attack left Congress reeling, but did not prevent them from confirming Biden and Harris as the 46th president and vice president.

Tomorrow, Jan. 20, is President-Elect Biden’s inauguration. According to the Associated Press, the FBI is currently preparing to defend against violence aimed toward Biden and other high-profile government figures. The FBI is concerned about an attack from inside the National Guard, and so has vetted 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington. Top officials are hopeful that the transfer of power will be successful without any attacks of violence.

“This is a national priority. We have to be successful as an institution,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in an interview with the Associated Press. “We want to send the message to everyone in the United States and for the rest of the world that we can do this safely and peacefully.”