(CNN) — Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock The Georgia Senate runoff, CNN projects, will allow Democrats to hold a slim 51-49 majority over Republicans in that chamber.
Democrats would have a significant advantage in government compared to the current 50-50 split. SenateA power-sharing agreement gives Republicans significant influence over Democrats, even if they are in the minority.
Democrats hold majorities in each committee, allowing them to move legislation and recommendations more quickly
Democrats will enjoy larger staffs and budgets, giving them more ability to carry out the commission’s work.
Currently, committees are evenly divided, which, like resources, allows Republicans to slow down candidates they oppose.
When a caucus is deadlocked, Democrats must take time-consuming steps to remove that person from the caucus and allow a vote.
Earlier this year, Republicans used Banking Commission rules to block the vote by boycotting commission sessions, eventually forcing President Joe Biden to withdraw the federal nominee.
Tuesday’s decision will also free up additional time for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use with other candidates and Democratic priorities.
Democrats will have more power to issue subpoenas
They no longer need bipartisan support to issue subpoenas to avoid GOP opposition to the use of these key tools.
It could increase the power and number of Democratic-led investigations.
Centrist Democrats may not have much power on the democratic agenda
Up for re-election in 2024, moderate West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. A two-seat majority margin gives Schumer a greater chance of passing legislation without the support of everyone like Kirsten Cinema. It wielded enormous power in a 50-50 split Senate.
It will be easy to fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court
The difference between the two seats could become important if there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, as only a majority is needed to confirm a justice for that position, leaving Schumer one vote away.
The vote of the Vice-President is not so necessary
Democrats don’t have to rely heavily on Vice President Kamala Harris to break tie votes on nominations and legislation, which she has done 26 times in the current Senate, the most of any vice president in modern times.
CNN’s Shania Shelton contributed to this report.