Shumer-McConnell Reach Deal On Senate Power Sharing Ending Impasse
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated on Monday night that power-sharing talks could move forward after two Democrats reiterated that they would not nix the 60-vote legislative filibuster.
“Today two Democratic Senators publicly confirmed they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden’s and my view that no Senate majority should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help shape legislation," McConnell said in a statement.
“The legislative filibuster was a key part of the foundation beneath the Senate’s last 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001. With these assurances, I look forward to moving ahead with a power-sharing agreement modeled on that precedent," McConnell added.
The GOP leader's remarks effectively end the days-long impasse over how to organize an evenly split 50-50 Senate, where Democrats hold the majority because Vice President Harris can break a tie.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) immediately declared victory.