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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:07 AM

Republicans still control the Senate. Here's why.

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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.

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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.

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/president-joe-biden-news-01-22-20/index.html

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Reply Republicans still control the Senate. Here's why. (Original post)
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 OP
mitch96 Jan 2021 #1
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #10
former9thward Jan 2021 #27
Ferrets are Cool Jan 2021 #2
Wicked Blue Jan 2021 #3
Autumn Jan 2021 #4
Beachnutt Jan 2021 #5
LonePirate Jan 2021 #6
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #11
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #7
Kaleva Jan 2021 #13
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #18
Kaleva Jan 2021 #20
Bluethroughu Jan 2021 #26
RAB910 Jan 2021 #8
randr Jan 2021 #9
NCDem47 Jan 2021 #12
uponit7771 Jan 2021 #15
Turin_C3PO Jan 2021 #16
NCDem47 Jan 2021 #19
Turin_C3PO Jan 2021 #24
Tommymac Jan 2021 #21
Turin_C3PO Jan 2021 #23
uponit7771 Jan 2021 #14
stillcool Jan 2021 #17
Kaleva Jan 2021 #22
world wide wally Jan 2021 #25
wiggs Jan 2021 #28
if..fish..had..wings Jan 2021 #29

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:09 AM

1. Yea, right. Would he do that for Schumer if the tables were turned? I think not... nt

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:17 AM

10. +1

Call your Senators and ask them to pressure Schumer to get rid of filibuster.

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 12:00 PM

27. He did.

Last session. R's had the majority and kept the legislation filibuster for the minority Ds.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:09 AM

2. We MUST act like we are the MAJORITY.

We, for once, must act like repugs and run things like we OWN the place.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:10 AM

3. Yes indeed nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:14 AM

4. The filibuster has to go. Fuck Mitch.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:14 AM

5. Schumer needs to remember what mitch is and will do and play HARDBALL

with the gop, stop pussy footing around with them and play hardball.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:16 AM

6. That is a horribly false article as The Founders never wrote the filibuster into the Constitution.

Itís first use was in 1837.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:18 AM

11. +1

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:16 AM

7. I thought the power sharing agreement is just...

Customarily done, not written into law. After an insurrection provoked and aided by Congressional members of the opposing political party, I think polite customs are Not the priority.

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Response to Bluethroughu (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:21 AM

13. Senate has rules that the body follows.

It wouldn't make much sense for Congress to pass legislation on how the House and Senate conduct their business.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:28 AM

18. Right but customary when Democrats are in power?

The GOP do whatever they want when it benefits them.

We have a Supreme Court Justice that a was appointment by McConnell, gave her the only two years she's spent on the bench. Customary rules went out the door with that cram job.

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Response to Bluethroughu (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:31 AM

20. If we had won one more Senate seat in the general, this wouldn't be going on

I trust Schumer and the other Dem senators to get through this.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:46 AM

26. I do to, but I called my Senator's to ask that they support

Pressure to end filibuster, and create legislation that would make Biden equal to or greater than FDR.

After this insurrection Democrats have the opportunity to be "The People's Party" for the next generation. Our Country needs this now.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:16 AM

8. McConnell destroyed our Supreme Court by tossing aside the filibuster. We must never forget that

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:17 AM

9. So we just have to introduce good proposals that benefit Americans

Let the cult vote them down and we take control in 2 more years.
I have already waited 4 years for the opportunity.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:21 AM

12. Wait.

We were feed a line during the Georgia election that the balance of the Senate hung in the balance and if we won it, the Ds would control Congress and the WH. We won it, but now we are waking up to a revised narrative that its "shared power" in the Senate?

Frustrated.

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Response to NCDem47 (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:21 AM

15. +1,

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Response to NCDem47 (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:23 AM

16. We have the

advantage in that Kamala Harris can break a 50-50 tie. Other than that, power is shared. Thatís what was always on the table. Whoever told you otherwise was wrong.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:31 AM

19. I get it. Expectations are coming into sharper focus. The reality of the situation is here.

But I'm not going crazy. There WAS an oversimplification presented in the MSM for sound bite purposes that Ds controled the Senate with Georgia wins. Right or wrong, that was a prevailing message point/headline.

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Response to NCDem47 (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:37 AM

24. We will control

the Senateís agenda. But Repubs will still have some committee power. At least thatís the way I understand it.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:33 AM

21. 51-50 means WE HAVE THE MAJORITY

Unless we give it up.

Numbers do not lie, unlike some politicians.

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:36 AM

23. We do.

And I think we should get rid of the filibuster but unfortunately I think there will be a few Dems who will oppose getting rid of it.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:21 AM

14. Yeah, non repentant and enabled Trump including attack on himself. Moscow Mitch HAS LEARNED NOTHING!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:26 AM

17. We need a master class in Senate rules...

but no one would read it anyway.

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Response to stillcool (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:34 AM

22. Some like to scream, yell , run around and refuse to do a little reading that would explain all.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 11:38 AM

25. That's why we have the VP as a tiebreaker vote

Now play by the rules.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 12:06 PM

28. The filibuster works when both parties are legitimately interested in debate and governing. nt

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 01:09 PM

29. McTurtle's strategy?

I have power, fuck you.

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