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Senate swears in Democrat Doug Jones as budget talks with White House intensify

Senate swears in Democrat Doug Jones as budget talks with White House intensify

Newly-elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones was sworn in Wednesday, narrowing the Republican majority in the chamber to 51-49, just as the White House resumes bipartisan budget talks aimed at averting a government shutdown this month.

That goal becomes slightly harder with the addition of Jones, who won a stunning special election in December to become the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 20 years.

He was seated Wednesday along with Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota, appointed by that state’s governor to replace former Sen. Al Franken, also a Democrat, who...

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