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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called for firing Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Stenger when Democrats take the majority in the upper chamber — if Stenger has not already resigned.

Why it matters: Lawmakers are beginning to question how Capitol law enforcement and security so utterly failed on Wednesday to keep "March for Trump" protesters from invading the U.S. Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College votes for Presisdent-elect Joe Biden.

  • The House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for the Capitol police, announced on Thursday that it is reviewing the law enforcement response to Wednesday's events.
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on Wednesday suggested to reporters that he expects a number of people will "be without employment very, very soon," following the attacks, per Politico.

What they're saying: "If Senate Sergeant Arms Stenger hasn't vacated the position by then, I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate," Schumer said in a statement.

  • Pelosi also called for Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund's resignation on Thursday in the wake of the incident, telling reporters that Democratic leaders had not even heard from chief Steven Sund following yesterday's siege.
  • She added that House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving had given her notice that he would resign.

Editor's note: Updates with quotes from Pelosi.

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Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.

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Kamala Harris sworn in as vice president

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In a historic inauguration, Kamala Harris was sworn in on Wednesday as the vice president of the United States.

Why it matters: Harris is the first woman, Black American and Indian American to serve as vice president in U.S. history. In addition to serving as Biden's No. 2, she will act as a critical tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 Senate.

McConnell: Trump "provoked" Capitol mob

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was "provoked by the president and other powerful people."

Why it matters: Trump was impeached by the House last week for "incitement of insurrection." McConnell has not said how he will vote in Trump's coming Senate impeachment trial, but sources told Axios' Mike Allen that the chances of him voting to convict are higher than 50%.