Two Democratic senators will be sworn-in on Wednesday


At the final campaign rally for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore before the special election last month, Moore's wife Kayla insisted that it was "fake news" that the couple was anti-Semitic.

Doug Jones will enter the Senate on Wednesday as the Democrat who did the impossible - he won his seat in Republican-dominated Alabama.

Despite being criticized by Republicans, including Trump, Jones has promised to try to work across party lines on issues important to Alabama and the country.

Ninety-six percent of Black voters backed Jones, while Moore saw decreased turnout in more conservative voting blocs and areas.

Before Jones' victory, the state had not elected a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years. Former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Tina Smith. Such a bipartisan approach might concern Democrats, who are eager to seize on the anti-Trump sentiment in the country and use it to win back control of Congress in November.

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Biden will speak afterward to a gathering of Jones' friends and family, a person familiar with his plans said.

And Jones has earned high marks from environmental groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters, because of his support for renewable investment and his opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

"Infrastructure is the ideal opportunity for both the parties to try to show to the American public that you can work together", Mr. Jones said. Tina Smith, who was appointed to replace Al Franken following his resignation over accusations of sexual misconduct will be sworn in on January 3, 2018.

Kaine drew a comparison between Jones's campaign and Democrat Ralph Northam's winning run for governor in Virginia. "It is my honest hope that we can do so in a renewed spirit of comity, collegiality, and bipartisanship", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he kicked off the second session of the 115th Congress. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

They will narrow the Republican majority to 51-49. There's still much room for improvement, however, as a 2016 poll from "Roll Call" newspaper showed that only 5 percent of the almost 3,600 Senate staffers on Capitol Hill are African-American.

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