Schumer, McConnell Reach Power-Sharing Agreement for the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached an agreement on how to govern a 50-50 Senate.

“I am happy to report this morning that the leadership of both parties have finalized the organizing resolution for the Senate,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “We will pass the resolution through the Senate today, which means that committees can promptly set up and get to work.”

Democrats will take control of Senate committees.

Schumer added that Democrats “are ready to hit the ground running on the most important issues that face our country.”

“Senate Democrats are not going to waste any time,” the Democratic lawmaker continued.

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This comes after weeks of talks.

Democrats won the majority in the Senate following the two runoff Senate elections in Georgia where Democrats won and flipped the Senate.

With a 50-50 Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote.

Responses

  1. “This comes after weeks of talks.” WHAT was there to talk about for 26 days? The Georgia Senate election results were clear when Perdue and conceded on Jan 8th. Initially he said he would contest the results but elected not to be a Norm Coleman or Don Trump. It was known that Harris would be inaugurated as VP on Jan 20th. —Mitch McConnell acknowledged this would occur on Dec 15th. WHAT WAS THERE TO DISCUSS? D’s chair the committees with membership assigned at 50% D’s-50%R’s.

        1. Uh, because his party lost? You SHOULD know the answer to your own question.

          It’s just a timing thing. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been replaced as a committee chair and still has the ability to negatively affect things.

        2. Where did you get the idea anyone was claiming Graham should not have membership status on a committee? What did you perceive “still a chair” meant? The minority party does not appoint THE CHAIRMAN—ranking member status and membership appointment, but NOT CHAIRMAN.

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