Republican and senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is already giving the newly sworn in president Joe Biden headache through efforts aimed at making the GOP be in a position to cripple the agenda of the president.
Mitch McConnell has threatened to frustrate a resolution establishing new session rules and sets the committee roles if Democrats refuse to keep and maintain the existing 60 vote legislative filibuster.
However, the senate democrats who are also the majority having won many seats in the recently concluded elections did not accept those demands by McConnell, something which is already causing problems to Biden’s government and delaying legislative work despite the country experiencing mass layoffs with the pandemic raging.
“The longer the standoff over the organizing package persists, the weirder the Senate will become. New senators have not been added to committees and the ratios have not changed, leaving the GOP in the majority on some panels. That’s already complicating the ability of the Senate to confirm some of President Joe Biden’s nominees.” Reported Politico on Thursday.
On his, side, McConnell insisted that he would not drop his demand, referring to the legislative filibuster as “a crucial part of the Senate.”
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On his side, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) termed McConnell’s suggestions as “extraneous provisions.” He therefore pushed for a resolution setting rules similar to the ones adopted in 2001 that governed the 50-50 Senate.
“McConnell is threatening to filibuster the organizing resolution which allows Democrats to assume the committee chair positions. It’s an absolutely unprecedented, wacky, counterproductive request. We won the Senate. We get the gavels.” Said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).
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