Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has officially delivered a letter of resignation to California Gov. Gavin Newsom for her U.S. Senate seat, ending her four-year tenure in the house.
As Harris says goodbye to her seat, in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, she assured Americans that her job is not finished as she will preside over the chamber until she is sworn in on Wednesday as the first female, first Black and first South Asian woman vice president of the United States.
“And this is not farewell. I am planning to take an oath that will make me preside over it, as I resign from the Senate,” Harris wrote. The vice presidency is the only office of our government that ‘belongs to both the executive branch and the legislative branch,’ as Senator-turned-Vice-President Walter Mondale once pointed out. With an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, a burden rendered greater.
Harris maintained that while she is going to use her influence in the Senate as a tie breaker, she hopes she doesn’t have to.
“Only 268 tie-breaking votes have been cast by a Vice President since the founding of our republic. I intend to serve as your Vice President tirelessly, including, if possible, performing this Constitutional obligation,” she wrote.
“At the same time, I hope that instead of approaching the point of a tie, the Senate can find common ground and do the work of the American people instead.”
Pauley then posed a variety of conversational questions, including how Harris learned the riot was taking place and how she could look at her future agenda without the Capitol riot “looking at it through the veil.” Pauley proclaimed that Kamala Harris “might seem to have been born for his moment in history” and started to look into her context. Pauley then addressed the parents of the vice president-elect, her education and rattled off a list of achievements from Harris.
If we’re still going to talk about Trump next month, Pauley asked, allowing Harris to bash the current president in maybe the only tough first-segment question.
The U.S. Capitol complex was shut down for around an hour on Monday after a small fire broke out nearby, underscoring security jitters days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, leading to an excess of caution.
In a tweet, the Capitol Police said the lockdown had been lifted and the nearby fire had been contained.
“The U.S. Capitol complex was briefly shut down because of an abundance of caution. There is no public threat,” the U.S. Secret Service on Twitter, he said.
The lockdown follows the assault on the US on Jan. 6. Capitol by outgoing President Donald Trump’s fans, some calling for the death of Republican Vice President Mike Pence as he presided over the certification of the November election win of Democrat Biden.
One of the affirmations of our scheme is the swearing-in of the president-elect and vice president-elect. The ceremony reminds everybody watching every four years that it’s the voices of the cooperative electorate that count, not the actions of the few who may attempt to circumvent them.
And Kamala Harris will make history this year after the chaos dies down when she lifts her right hand to become the first woman to take the vice presidential oath of office. Her African American and Asian American roots are inspiring groups whose voices are often ignored (especially in political circles).
The triumph of Harris is not only a win for women, of all races, nationalities and party affiliations, but it is also a win for American democracy, as political strategist Donna Brazile notes below.
Several women have started a Facebook group urging others to wear pearls on Inauguration Day, regardless of their politics. Not to uplift a specific group, but to uplift the power of women, was the call made. And images of famous women proudly wearing pearls of all types, sizes and colors across history quickly filled the page: Harris, Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and even Wilma Flintstone.
More than 411,000 members and counting have been amassed by the party. Many are preparing to wear necklaces, earrings and rings passed down from their mothers and grandmothers, or freshly acquired for the day in some cases (full disclosure: I am one of them, and will be rocking my pearls and my Chucks in honor of Harris).
We also invited women journalists, newsmakers, campaigners, politicians, and experts to tell us what the election of Harris means to them. Read their essay collection below.