McConnell, Schumer Work Toward Power-Sharing Deal To Help Biden


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are already trying to strike a deal on ensuring the Senate will move smoothly for President Joe Biden.

The Senate “power-sharing” deal would allow Democrats to move forward with Biden’s agenda but preserve certain key elements of the Senate rules, potentially including the filibuster.

The Senate is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats with Vice President Kamala Harris as a deciding vote if support for certain legislation breaks down along party lines.

Although that likely leaves Democrats with the power to press forward with much of Biden’s agenda, it presents a hurdle to Senate management, particularly with regard to who serves on committees and how the rules for various Senate process are laid out.

With Harris in the driver’s seat, Schumer will likely become the  “majority leader” though he will not control an official majority. “But the Senate will still need to pass an organizing resolution and work out committee ratios and other rules of the road,” according to Politico.

“Schumer and McConnell are largely expected to operate the Senate in a similar fashion to how former Senate leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle devised the last 50-50 blueprint,” the outlet continues. “That allowed for committee memberships… (Read more)