Wednesday, April 14

The 117th US Congress returns before a breakthrough week


(Washington) The new US Congress takes office Sunday in Washington in an atmosphere electrified by the suspense around the Senate majority and by the promise of an eventful session on Wednesday which will anchor Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential.



Charlotte PLANTIVE with Elodie CUZIN in Atlanta
France Media Agency

The 78-year-old Democrat will be able to rely, to lead the United States, on a majority in the House of Representatives, whose 435 elected officials will take the oath on Sunday before appointing their “speaker” for the next two years.

At 80, the skilful tactician Nancy Pelosi should be returned to the perch despite the reluctance of certain voices on the left of the party.

PHOTO JACQUELYN MARTIN, AP

Nancy Pelosi

However, Senate control remains suspended for two elections to be held in Georgia on Tuesday. For the upper house to return to the democratic fold, their candidates will have to win both seats, a difficult bet.

Proof of the stake: Donald Trump and Joe Biden will both go there on Monday to support the contenders of their camp. Their number two, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, will also make the trip.

The latter, who will be the first woman and person of color to take the vice-presidency on January 20, will be Sunday in Savannah, where she should particularly woo black voters, whose mobilization will be key.

“We only have a few days left to do everything to take back the Senate,” Joe Biden tweeted on Saturday, calling on his supporters to roll up their sleeves in the home stretch.

In recent weeks, the outgoing president has also tweeted a lot about Georgia. Less to support the candidates of his party than to denounce massive “frauds” according to him which would have deprived him of his victory in this traditionally republican state.

Which could serve the Democrats: Convinced of the existence of fraud, Republican voters could be tempted to stay at home. But the Grand Old Party is counting on the billionaire’s rally to mobilize, waving the specter of a power tilting to the left all if they lose.

Loyalty

Two months after the election, Donald Trump still refuses to concede defeat. Despite the resounding failure of his judicial guerrilla warfare and the lack of tangible evidence, he managed to sow doubt in the minds of a majority of his supporters who planned to be heard in Washington on Wednesday.

Their march will coincide with a session of Congress intended to formally register the vote of the large voters in favor of Joe Biden (306 against 232).

This constitutional obligation, which is usually a simple formality, promises to be explosive this year.

If some Republican heavyweights, including the leader of the senators Mitch McConnell, ended up admitting the victory of Joe Biden, the outgoing president can still count on the unwavering support of dozens of parliamentarians.

In the House as in the Senate, these elected officials promised to voice their objections Wednesday, and to resonate the allegations of fraud within the Capitol.

Their interventions have no chance of derailing the process but could slow it down.

Ultimately, their attitude could complicate the priority mission Joe Biden has set for himself: “reconcile” America, by transcending partisan differences.

Its success will depend greatly on the verdict of voters in Georgia.

> Read our text on the stakes of the elections in Georgia.




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