With a split Senate, Schumer and McConnell are still working out a power-sharing arrangement.
The Democrats and Republicans split the Senate 50-50, but Democrats have a slight majority since Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie-breaking vote.
But what about the filibuster? That is one topic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell must decide in their power-sharing agreement discussions.
McConnell asked Schumer and the Democrats to “provide a guarantee that they would not eliminate the legislative filibuster” while proposing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial starts in February.
Schumer said no.
Schumer says he will turn down McConnnell's request for Democrats to protect the filibuster as part of the 50-50 Senate: "Leader McConnell's proposal is unacceptable, and it won't be accepted" https://t.co/skIxovGu4p pic.twitter.com/MoAzESWocB
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2021
The decision does not mean Schumer is nuking the filibuster. He just said he rejected McConnell’s request.
To McConnell’s credit, he is consistent when it comes to the filibuster and legislation.
McConnell did nuke the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court justices, unilaterally changed the time schedules for nominations, etc. But he's always opposed changing the filibuster on legislation.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) January 22, 2021
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