WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was ready to press ahead with a power-sharing deal after two Democratic senators said they would not support End the legislative blockage, A central sticking point for the Republican Party in the talks.
In a statement released late Monday, a Republican from Kentucky raised his concerns Procrastination ruleThat which requires 60 votes to advance on most legislation has been mitigated by comments from Senate Democrats Kirsten Senema and Joe Manschin asserting their opposition to it being repealed. Their remarks earlier in the day indicated that the Democrats do not have the votes to unilaterally kill procrastination, as that would require 50 of them, plus Vice President Kamala Harris, to vote as a bloc.
President Biden, who has served 36 years in the Senate, has said during his presidential campaign that he prefers to keep stalling, unless the Republican Party’s resistance to his legislative agenda makes his elimination necessary. Asked Friday whether Biden still opposes canceling the suspension, White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said: “The president’s position has not changed.”
McConnell said in a statement Monday evening that Democratic senators “agree with President Biden’s view and my view that no majorities in the Senate should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help draft legislation.” In his statement, he referred to the 2001 agreement – it was the last time 50-50 Senate– As a model for 2021.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., New York) had previously adopted this approach, which gave parties equal seats on committees and allowed candidates and bills to advance into the hall even if the committee vote was tied.