Now that three Republican senators are in quarantine due to complications of COVID-19, Democrats seem to have regained control of Congress - if they decide to leverage the opportunity.
The potential was broken down by The Prospect executive editor David Dayen.
News broke Saturday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third GOP senator to contract the deadly virus this week. With the report that Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are under quarantine, the U.S. Senate is now up for grabs.
According to the U.S. Constitution, a majority of each chamber of Congress “shall constitute a Quorum to do Business.” This means that 51 senators must be present to conduct business on the floor. Vice President Mike Pence may not be included in the quorum count.
This ongoing development comes at a critical time for American democracy with a confirmation looming for the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Republicans are expected to attempt the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett within the next two weeks while on break from in-person hearings.
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