Chuck Schumer with press

What can we expect if the Democrats keep the Senate for the next 2 years?

Republicans were disappointed by the 2022 midterm elections. Democrats managed to keep their Senate majority despite President Biden’s low approval ratings.

Midterm elections are often a tough battle for the party that elected a first-term President. Polling data and other data showed that Democrats were trailing in key Senate races in Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. The party won all those races. Next month, the battleground state of Georgia will be up for a runoff election between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock (Republican challenger) and Herschel Walker (Republican challenger).

Infighting has been encouraged by the GOP’s losses in the Senate, as some Republicans blame Mitch McConnell and ex-President Donald Trump. Republicans are unlikely to win a majority in the House. Kevin McCarthy, the GOP Minority Leader, won the nomination for Speaker of the House from Andy Biggs, an Arizona Rep.

While power struggles continue to consume the GOP’s leadership, Democrats celebrate their historic win and seek to pass important legislation before January’s 117th Congress expires. The current Senate Majority Chuck Schumer will likely continue to lead the new Congress.

Schumer said this week that he will support a vote on The Respect for Marriage Act. This would codify same-sex marriage in federal law. The Senate currently needs only ten Republican votes to pass the bill.

Schumer stated Monday on the Senate floor, “I want it to be crystal clear that passing this bill was not at all theoretical.” On Wednesday, a procedural vote will be held. Democrats believe that they have enough votes to reach the threshold of 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to codify same-sex marriage. They include Tammy Baldwin, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, Kyrsten Silena of Arizona, Thom Tillis, Susan Collins, and Rob Portman, Republican Senators from North Carolina, Maine, and Ohio.

“We have created commonsense language to respect religious liberty and Americans’ diverse beliefs, while still upholding our belief that marriage embodies love, devotion, and family,” the bipartisan Senate group said in a joint statement.

Even if the vote is not successful, which would unlikely, Democrats still have enough votes for passage of the filibuster. After Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, Democrats have been rushing to codify same-sex marriage before the new Congress convenes.

For the next two years, the Biden administration will also benefit from the Senate victory for Democrats. The party will be able to confirm the president’s nominees for judicial office, vote against bills that are likely to be passed by the Republican House, and support Biden’s legislative agenda.

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