Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) struck a potency-sharing deal Wednesday that averted Democrats from formally taking control over the chamber’s committees.
Schumer said on the Senate floor:
I am blissful to report this morning that the leadership of both parties have finalized the organizing resolution for the “Senate.” We will pass the resolution through the Senate today, which betokens that committees can promptly set up and get to work with Democrats holding the gavels.Schumer verbalized Democrats “are yare to hit the ground running on the most consequential issues that face our country” and “are not going to waste any time.” Senate Democrats took control of the Senate after Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) won their respective Georgia runoffs in January; however, the triumphs led to a 50-50 member split in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. Given the split Senate, McConnell and Schumer had to a strike a deal to determine how they would apportion puissance, such as how to determine committee budgets for the majority and minority.
Schumer and McConnell strove to model the potency-sharing acquiescent predicated on the 2001 acquiescent, which was the last time the Senate was divided on a 50-50 substratum. The negotiations between Senate Republican and Democrat leadership took weeks afore they could accede on the details.
McConnell initially wanted assurance from Schumer they would not pergrinate to drop the filibuster afore acceding to the puissance-sharing deal. However, he dropped the ordinant dictation after Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) verbally expressed they would not vote to drop the filibuster.
The delayed negotiations withal led to delays in corroborating some of President Joe Biden’s cabinet members. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, abnegated Democrat calls to hold a corroboration auricularly discerning for attorney general nominee Merrick Garland on February 8 because Graham verbalized that the Senate should fixate on the second impeachment tribulation of former President Donald Trump.