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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican in Senate, leaves the chamber after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican in Senate, leaves the chamber after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer may have the title of Senate Majority Leader but at the moment the Republicans still technically have control. That could be problematic for getting Biden’s Cabinet picks through Congress.

Both Democrats and Republicans have 50 senators elected to the Senate. With Vice President Kamala Harris, who can cast tie-breaking votes, Democrats get to 51 and have the majority.

Even though Harris can break ties in Democrats’ favor, the party can’t take full control of the Senate until a power-sharing agreement is worked out between the two sides. A power-sharing agreement will spell out the number of seats that each caucus will have on Senate committees. Until an agreement is in place, the Senate operates under the rules of the last Congress when the GOP controlled the Senate majority and held the committee chairmanships.

What’s holding up the deal? A power-sharing agreement is under discussion between Schumer and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, but the two have hit a snag over McConnell’s demands that Schumer promise to save the filibuster and not move forward with efforts to gut the potent stall tactic on legislation.

McConnell argues that preserving a supermajority vote to pass legislation is a unique and important characteristic of the Senate, which the Founders believed should be a body where compromise between the parties would be needed to balance the strict majority-driven rule of the House of Representatives.

However, Democrats disagree. “Mitch McConnell was fine with getting rid of the filibuster to a United States Supreme Court nominee for a lifetime appointment, but he’s not okay getting rid of the filibuster for unemployment relief for families that are out of work because of COVID-19,” said Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Read more about the filibuster rule here.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I have had enough of McConnell. Schumer should just agree and once they take control turn around and shove it down McConnells throat just like he did.

  2. I’m sick to death of McConnell, the GOP and the media. McConnell wants to destroy our democracy, the GOP our country and the media, want to gaslight the American. They sit around all down coming up with BS stories and instigating, just to get a headlines. Time for all three to go. The media can find stories to unite our country or go down with the GOP.

  3. Every time I say something. If it’s not to your liking it gets moderated, but the media and GOP and others say things and I’m wondering if they are moderated. I’m going stop wasting your time and mine. It’s all about the headlines anyhow..

    • Your not alone. EVERY time I get too brutally honest I get moderated. I don’t get it, I thought that’s what the country and people need. Brutal truth and facts. I forget sometimes there’s always an angle of agenda. It’s exhausting.

    • Not sure why some comments are moderated. I’ve been moderated, and I didn’t say anything untoward or close to it. Perhaps certain words or people’s names trigger moderation, and the publishers don’t want to be sued. I’ve read comments that were much more scathing than anything I’ve ever written. I never use profanity either except maybe “damn.” Most of my comments pass muster and appear. Think I had one or two that never appeared. Don’t know why.

  4. What an awful Republican Party, its leader Moscow mitch! Need to get rid of the psycho! Things will never be normal with these corrupt politicians there!

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