What to expect in Senate on Inauguration Day: Kamala Harris front and center

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Democrats will take control of the Senate Wednesday afternoon after Vice President Kamala Harris swears in three incoming members — including her own replacement.

Sens.-elect Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will be sworn in after the inauguration, which begins at 12 p.m. ET, a source familiar with the matter tells The Post.

Ossoff and Warnock defeated incumbent Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) in run-offs that decided control of the upper chamber of Congress.

The two Georgians were not sworn in with their fellow members because their run-off races took place on Jan. 5, while the 117th Congress was sworn in on the 3rd.

Sen.-elect Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), meanwhile, was appointed to fill the remainder of Harris’ (D-Calif.) term by Gov. Gavin Newsom after she was selected to join the Democratic presidential ticket.

The outgoing California secretary of state, who will be the first Hispanic senator to represent the Golden State, will be sworn in with his fellow freshmen Democrats from Georgia.

The three additions will leave a 50-50 split in the body between Republicans and Democrats.

In her capacity as vice president, Harris will preside as president of the Senate, which grants her a vote in the body.

With an evenly split Senate, Harris will become the tie-breaking vote that grants Democrats the majority.

Harris will also have the duty of swearing in senators as VP.

The incoming vice president resigned her Senate seat on Monday afternoon ahead of her own swearing in.

Ossoff, Warnock and Padilla will be joining the Senate at a critical moment, with the body revving up for the second impeachment trial of President Trump at the same time as confirmation hearings for President Biden’s cabinet nominees.

With Democrats taking control of the House, Senate and presidency, the Congress will also be moving quickly to push through a flurry of items on the party’s legislative agenda, including another round of Covid relief.

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