The Senate is now fully formed with Franken being sworn in as the Senator from Minnesota. The Democrats now officially have 60 votes or a filibuster proof majority.
"Al Franken became a senator on Tuesday, completing the transformation from comedian to politician.
The Minnesota Democrat's swearing-in marked the end of an eight-month political and legal struggle and drew thunderous applause and a standing ovation in the Senate chamber. His presence gives Democrats 60 votes, enough to thwart possible Republican filibusters."