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Jones Breaks Tradition, Chooses Biden As Escort For Swearing

12 January 2018

The Birmingham attorney told the Examiner that he plans on traveling to Washington attend his old friend's swearing-in on Wednesday. "You just got to thaw people out", he said, as he whisked from one Capitol Hill meeting to another with his wife, Louise, by his side. Chuck Grassley of Iowa warned that his party should not take Jones' victory lightly and said that if the new senator acts in a bipartisan way, it could be hard for Republicans to unseat him.

The balance of power in the Senate will change from 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats-to 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Jones, 63, took the oath of office on a family Bible.

The man who ran former Chief Justice Roy Moore's failed bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama is now running for a U.S. congressional seat himself.

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Moore's actions, like Trump's, teach voters to view those who cast ballots for rival candidates not as fellow citizens of a shared democracy but as immoral and illegitimate "takers" who need to be defeated. She becomes the 22nd woman now serving in the Senate, a record. Smith is replacing former Minnesota Sen. African Americans are credited with helping the Democrat win in ruby red Alabama.

For two months, more than 160 HRC volunteers and 11 HRC staff worked to reach the almost 200,000 "Equality Voters" across Alabama - a voting bloc comprised of not only the 60,000 LGBTQ voters in the state, but also the thousands of additional allies HRC has identified statewide. He will be under pressure to find some areas of agreement with Republicans and has cited the funding of infrastructure improvements as one possible avenue. Democrats said GOP hopes for a major rewrite of entitlement programs is done. Luther Strange, who was appointed to hold the seat after Sessions became attorney general.

Alabama's sole Democrat in the House, 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, tweeted her support of Jones' hiring decision. During the swearing-in, Jones will be wearing a pair of Heflin's cufflinks.

Although Jones will likely stay focused on Alabama, the political issues that come before the Senate will also inevitably draw him into national debates.

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"To be able to have done the things I've done and end up back here is just a remarkable thing", Jones said. "I know that Doug and I will do well to help move Alabama forward".

He'll return to the Senate chamber on Wednesday alongside the newly elected senator from Alabama.

"Today I'm proud to announce that we have recruited four outstanding individuals to join our team", Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

Mr. Jones says he is optimistic that both parties can solve the thorniest of issues, including health care and how to handle "Dreamers" who were brought to the US illegally as children. He said the efforts would drive up costs and lead to the closure of more rural health care facilities in the state.

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Jones Breaks Tradition, Chooses Biden As Escort For Swearing