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.

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.

The chamber needs 60 senators to consider and vote on legislation.

 

 
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