Democracy defies assault

Washington: America was thrown into turmoil after the pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC on Wednesday when Congress was counting the Electoral votes to ratify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Though in a triumph for democracy and the resilience of the system, Congress did finish their constitutionally mandated job the same night. But after effects of the darkest day in US history continue to reverberate in  the capital and the country.

President Trump who had addressed (some say incited) the massive crowd of his supporters on Wednesday morning, encouraged them to march to the Capitol building, took too long to condemn the assault, which put the lives of the Vice President Mike Pence, lawmakers and the staff in danger. A day later he gave a non-concession concession speech,  but has since announced that he is not going to attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

Outrage on the happenings was expressed by Democrat leaders and many Republicans and calls for Trump to quit or be removed. At least 2 of his colleagues and a handful of staffers resigned in protest. Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated working on another impeachment of the President, but others said needless to go that way with just 10 days left of Trump’s term.

The week has strengthened Democrats’ hands.   With the party  winning both Senate seats in Georgia in the runoffs on Tuesday, the chamber will have a balance of 50-50, enough for their party to secure control there for the first time in six years. Vice President Kamala Harris will become the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. A Democratic majority means that Sen. Chuck Schumer as majority leader will be able to control what legislation is given priority and what proposals are blocked. Still, in the Senate, lawmakers need 60 votes to advance most legislation. This often forces legislators to work together across party lines because supermajorities are rare.

Biden was reportedly laying the groundwork for a bigger virus relief package and bigger stimulus checks.

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