On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a major demand following Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in the Alabama special election.
Jones defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct multiple times and also heavily supported by President Trump.
“It would be wrong for Senate Republicans to jam through this tax bill without giving the newly elected senator from Alabama a chance to cast his vote,” Schumer said during a press conference.
According to The Hill, Jones’s victory “will narrow the GOP majority in the Senate down to a single seat, 51-49, complicating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) ability to pass legislation.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) echoed Schumer’s demand on Twitter, writing, “I call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to listen to the people of Alabama and seat @GDouglasJones without any delay.”
However, during an interview on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that this would not be the case.
When asked about what impact the Alabama special election would have on the GOP’s tax reform effort, McConnell responded, “Sen. Strange is going to be here through the end of this session.”
McConnell was referring to Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama), who is expected to vote in favor of the GOP’s tax plan.