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Democrats gaining Senate control as new members take oath

The Capitol building is surrounded by American flags on the National Mall on January 19 in Washington, DC. Tight security measures are in place for Inauguration Day after the attack on the US Capitol on January 6.

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 2:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office.

Vice President Kamala Harris has delivers the oath of office to Democrats Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Alex Padilla.

Their arrival gives Democrats the Senate majority in the split 50-50 chamber, with Harris as a potential tie-breaking vote.

That's alongside Democratic control of the House and White House — unified government to tackle the new president's agenda. But Republican leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to enter a power-sharing agreement with Senate Democrats unless they meet his demands.

The stalemate has stalled the Senate as it tries to confirm Biden's Cabinet, start an impeachment trial of Donald Trump and launch its business.

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