Warren Demands McConnell Seat Jones Immediately
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to seat newly elected Democratic senator, Doug Jones, “without any delay” in a Wednesday tweet.
I call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to listen to the people of Alabama and seat @GDouglasJones without any delay.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) December 13, 2017
Jones defeated his Republican opponent, accused child molester and harasser Roy Moore in the Tuesday Alabama special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat in the upper chamber. Warren’s tweet appears to be an effort to reduce the slim Republican majority before the passage of major tax reform and spending legislation.
McConnell indicated the newly-elected Alabama senator would not be seated before the end of the year when asked about the timeline Tuesday.
“Sen. Strange is going to be here through the end of this session,” McConnell told reporters referencing Luther Strange, who was appointed by the Alabama Governor to occupy the seat following Sessions’ departure.
Republicans expect to pass comprehensive tax reform legislation before the end of December as well as another short term spending bill to fund the government after the Dec. 22 deadline established by the last stop gap spending measure.
Jones’ victory, the first Alabama upper chamber win for Democrats since 1992, reduces the Republican majority to a 51 to 49 advantage.
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