WASHINGTON, D.C.–With a Republican majority elected to the U.S. Senate and House, the party has been talking about sending bi-partisan legislation to the president, which will include bills that were ignored by former majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) will lead the charge Tuesday, the opening day for the 114th Congress.
Wicker will preside over the Senate from 2 to 2:30 p.m. today, serving as the Presiding Officer.
“The new Republican majority is ready to return to regular order and a fair and open legislative process,” said Wicker. “Americans have entrusted us with a solemn responsibility to lead. The Senate, under Republican control, stands ready to get back to work for the American people by replacing gridlock and dysfunction with constructive policy making and practical results.”
And Mississippi’s junior senator is holding more weight than ever, having been elected Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the sixth-highest ranking leadership position in the Republican Party conference in the Senate.
He also holds five other committee positions, which means he is a chief part of the decision-making process on which bills are presented.
Members of Congress will be sworn in today. You can see Wicker’s part on C-SPAN 2.