The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel began last night at sundown.
Vice President Mike Pence delivered the oath of office Wednesday to Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota, the newest members of the august Senate chamber.
Jones assumed the seat of Jeff Sessions in a special election as Sessions is now the Attorney General. Smith was selected by Minnesota’s governor to replace Al Franken, who resigned.
With the election of Jones, the GOP majority has been reduced from 52 to 51 seats, meaning the vice president might have to return to the Capitol more often as a tie-breaking vote whenever a Republican defects from President Trump’s nominees or legislative priorities.
For wisdom for Senators Jones and Smith as they assume their positions in the U.S. Senate.
That senators of both parties might see a clear path to bipartisanship in 2018, despite it being a congressional election year.