In her brief remarks to the Democrats, Pelosi spoke about the importance of passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act – a long-standing Democratic priority that has become more urgent after the party’s battle against voter suppression in the 2020 election cycle. Like many other Democratic priorities, the bill had no chance in a GOP-controlled Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The major voting rights overhaul is expected to be just one of several marquee agenda items the Democrats are chasing once President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated later this month, when the current Georgia vote is correct.
With full control of Congress and the White House, Democrats are expected to quickly conduct another round of coronavirus aid – possibly including the stimulus checks requested by President Donald Trump and quickly adopted by Democrats late last month $ 2,000, but was rejected by many Senate Republicans.
Pelosi promised in a statement late Wednesday morning that a “United Democratic Party will make extraordinary strides in the coming months”.
“We will pursue a science and values-based plan to fight the virus and help families in difficulty secure the right to high quality, affordable health care and a plan for better rebuilding based on fair economic growth to bring, “said Pelosi.
The Democrats woke to breathtaking news on Wednesday morning – not only had Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler, but also the 33-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff was on the verge of ousting GOP Senator David Perdue, giving the Democrats full control of Washington for the first time since 2009.
Even under democratic control, Biden’s agenda will not be without its obstacles. Control of the party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate would be so weak that only a handful of House Democrats and even a single Senate Democrat could fuel a bill.
The next two years will almost certainly be determined by the push-and-pull between the party’s left wing – encouraged after a massive organizational effort following the historic turnout in Georgia – and the moderates, who believe they are the real center of power in such countries will be a tightly divided Washington.
Even so, the Democrats enjoyed Capitol Hill as they began planning a far broader agenda under a Biden presidency that also had control of both chambers. It is a political fate that virtually none of them expected after a disappointing November vote that shrunk the democratic majority in the House to its thinnest margin in decades.
At another point on the Wednesday morning call, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer took out his iPhone on the Zoom call and played James Brown’s “Georgia on my Mind” on the speakerphone.
Then the Democratic leaders quickly turned to the other news of the day, planning how to counter a doomed GOP attempt to scrap the election results by contesting Biden’s victory later on Wednesday.