The fight between Democrats and Republicans over getting the U.S. Senate ready to do business in the 117th Congress ramped up Friday, as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer again rejected a key demand by the Republicans to promise to preserve the filibuster.
The filibuster allows the minority party in the 100 seat Senate, now the Republicans, to kill legislation- including the resolution organizing the Senate at the start of each Congress – by requiring 60 votes to finish debate on it. The convention does not apply to nominations.
“Leader (Mitch) McConnell’s proposal is unacceptable, and it won’t be accepted. And the Republican Leader knew that when he first…