Biden Faces Senate 'Obstructionism,' 'Paralysis' If McConnell Holds Majority: Jon Ossoff

Joe Biden's administration faces "partisan trench warfare" if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) retains control in the upper chamber of Congress, Democratic Senate candidate for Georgia Jon Ossoff has said.

The state's Senate runoff races have garnered heightened national focus due to the impact they will have on the outcome of control in the Senate: if Democrats win both the seats then it will be split 50/50.

The tiebreaking vote would then go to the Vice President Kamala Harris, boosting the Biden administration in pushing its agenda through Congress.

"We all know what's going to happen if McConnell holds the Senate. He will try to do to Biden and Harris just like he tried to do to President Obama. It will be paralysis, partisan trench warfare, obstructionism as the eye can see at a moment of crisis when we need strong action," Ossoff said, speaking on CNN's State of the Union.

Ossoff spoke of Georgia Democrats being "motivated to participate" to back him and Rev. Raphael Warnock in the runoff races, stating victory was needed to "enact a broader legislative agenda." On these points, he commented upon expanding voting and civil rights, climate change policy and affordable healthcare.

"We know the stakes and we're motivated to make a difference," he said.

To get out of this crisis, we need to:

- Get financial relief to suffering businesses and families.
- Expand voting rights and civil rights.
- Invest in clean energy.
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— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) November 30, 2020

Ossoff, in a recent campaign email sent by the Democrats, spoke of having "a ton of work to do in the next five weeks if we want to pull off a victory in this runoff," as he called for further fundraising support.

Polling has shown his race against Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) close to tied, with Warnock similarly having closed in on Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the run offs.

The fate of the Senate has been a major focus throughout the races, with Loeffler having made a counter argument that she and Perdue are a "firewall stopping socialism."

The race has seen each side take in major fundraising hauls, while spending big on ad campaigns.

Early in-person voting is due to begin on December 14, while the main voting day is due to be January 5 next year. Mail-in ballots have begun to be sent out. The last day for people to register to vote in the runoffs is December 7.

Newsweek has contacted the Biden transition team, McConnell and Ossoff for comment.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock participate in a food giveaway event at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 26, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ossoff has spoken of the potential for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to block the incoming Biden administration should the GOP maintain a Senate majority. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images