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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has formally submitted her letter of resignation to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, per a Harris aide.

On Sunday, CNN reported that she was set to do so.

In an op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle today, Harris wrote, “Thus, as I leave the United States Senate, this is not goodbye. This is hello,” a nod to her changing position in the Senate as president of the chamber.

“As I resign from the Senate, I am preparing to take an oath that would have me preside over it.”

“As senator-turned-Vice-President Walter Mondale once pointed out, the vice presidency is the only office in our government that ‘belongs to both the executive branch and the legislative branch.’ A responsibility made greater with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate,” she wrote.

Harris continues to write in that op-ed, that while she will use her power as tiebreaker in the Senate, she hopes to not have to.

“Since our nation’s founding, only 268 tie-breaking votes have been cast by a Vice President. I intend to work tirelessly as your Vice President, including, if necessary, fulfilling this Constitutional duty,” she wrote.

“At the same time, it is my hope that rather than come to the point of a tie, the Senate will instead find common ground and do the work of the American people.”



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