By Duncan Smith
Oh, look, it’s Fantasyland in D.C. Hour again…
Back in 2001, the U.S. Senate was divided 50-50.
George W. Bush had just become president. Then 9/11 happened and the rest is history.
When the Senate was divided, Republicans and Democrats agreed to ‘share power.’
It worked for the most part.
Now that the U.S. Senate is divided 50-50 again, Majority Leader Mitch ‘Trump Can Now Go To Hell” McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck “My Fingers Were Crossed” Schumer claim they have ‘struck a deal’ to share power again.
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who will soon swap jobs, agreed in a meeting Tuesday to adopt the 2001 power-sharing agreement utilized under then-Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Republican leader Trent Lott.
“Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell had a substantive meeting and made progress on the issues of quickly confirming President-elect Biden's nominees and conducting a fair impeachment trial,” a Schumer spokesperson said in a statement. “On an organizing resolution, Leader Schumer expressed that the fairest, most reasonable and easiest path forward is to adopt the 2001 bipartisan agreement without extraneous changes from either side.”
Schumer needs an unhindered agreement with Republicans to quickly confirm Biden’s nominees for his Cabinet.
Sens. Lott, R-Miss., and Daschle, D-S.D., shared power such that Lott was the Leader to start Congress. There was equal Republican-Democrat participation on committees, with GOP chairs, and Daschle could call up some bills onto the floor for debate. Bills that receive tie votes in committees advance to the floor.
Pay attention to this last sentence because that’s the kicker.
Who, in their right mind, believes a single thing that comes out of a Democrat’s mouth these days?
Once bills advance to the floor, Vice President Kamala Harris as president of the chamber becomes the tie-breaker.
And we know how she’s going to vote: Less freedom, more tyranny, and punish Trump supporters.
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