News -- November 13, 2022: On Saturday, Democrats maintained control of the Senate, thwarting Republican attempts to regain control of the body and making it more difficult
for them to stop President Joe Biden's agenda. As the GOP battled to put together a small majority in the House, the future of the chamber remained uncertain.
With Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's victory in Nevada, Democrats now have the necessary 50 seats to maintain control of the Senate. Her victory highlights the unexpected strength of Democrats in the United States throughout this election season. Republicans were frustrated because Cortez Masto was seen as the Senate's most vulnerable member and was up for reelection in a state with some of the highest gas prices in the country and a struggling economy.
The speedier procedure for Biden's judicial and cabinet nominees, including those for possible Supreme Court openings, is ensured by the Democratic Senate majority. The party will maintain control over committees, have the authority to look into or oversee the Biden administration, and, should the GOP take control of the House, will have the power to veto legislation that is sent there.
Democrats would have complete control of Congress if they were to reclaim the House, giving them a second chance to push Biden's agenda, which he has stated include codifying abortion rights. The party still lacks the 60 Senate votes necessary to pass many significant pieces of legislation.
Democrats prevailed in crucial governorship contests in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania – states that will be crucial to Biden's victory over Trump in 2020.
WNCTIMES by Marjorie Farrington