(CNSNews.com) - Republican Herschel Walker's loss to Democrat incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock will have a big impact on Senate proceedings and the federal bureaucracy, starting in January.
Democrats would have controlled the Senate regardless of Walker's win or loss, but without an even 50-50 split, Democrats will have the advantage in confirming "bad nominees" as well as advancing regulations, investigations and other committee business.
"Yeah, it's a very significant loss, actually," Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) told "Mornings With Maria" on Wednesday:
"Because, as your reporter mentioned, when we had a 50-50 Senate, every committee was equally divided, 50-50, both in funding on both sides and also on membership on both sides.
"Now a 51-49 Senate is very different. Democrats will have the lead in every single committee, they'll have two-thirds of the funding in every single committee, they'll have the power to do subpoenas, they'll be doing their own investigations, so it's very, very different as far as how Senate will actually operate.
"Now, obviously, the House of Representatives is a Republican House; we'll have a fully controlled Democrat Senate now in 2023. The American people have spoken on this. It is a very divided government. The American people want to be able to see some results out of this, but they're very frustrated with what's actually happening in the country."
Lankford said another "very significant issue" for Republicans in a 51-49 Senate is the nominating process and confirmation hearings.
"When you have a divided Senate equally...every person that comes to the nomination process, if it's equally divided in the committees, it takes a long time to get to the floor. They can get it to the floor, but it takes a lot more time, and so it dramatically slows down bad nominees.
“Now with a 51-49 Senate next year, they'll be able to expedite all these nominees, and we won't be able to slow them down in committee or on the floor at all. So the worst of the worst of their nominees that they have not been able to get through, the Biden administration can bring right back up again in January and be able to force those through, and Republicans in the Senate won't be able to stop it.
"And we will see this in EEOC, we'll see this in EPA, we'll see this in Labor, we'll see this in all the areas that directly affect business...that Biden will now be unrestrained in who he can put in to do heavy regulations and literally invent new regulations they can throw out on business across America.”