VP Harris swears in new senators, giving Democrats control of Congress

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday swore in three Democratic senators, including her replacement and two new Georgia Democrats, wresting away control of the upper chamber from Republicans in the 117th Congress.

A few hours after her historic inauguration on Wednesday, Harris was in the Senate chamber to administer the oath of office to Peach State Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, and Alex Padilla who replaces her as a senator from California.

The Senate balance of power is now 50-50, with Harris the tie-breaking vote as vice president, giving Democrats a razor-thin majority.

Chuck Schumer replaces Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader.

Democrats flipped two Georgia Senate seats in fiercely-contested runoff races on Jan. 5 which became the most expensive races in US history.

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