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Thu Sep 17, 2020, 09:02 PM

'Everyone's got leverage': Dreading a 50-50 Senate split

Itís an outcome that practically no one wants, but itís starting to look like a real possibility: a 50-50 Senate.

An evenly split Senate would make life grueling for whoever is president next year. Any one senator could determine the fate of critical nominations or key pieces of the partyís legislative agenda. And in an era of already deep polarization, it could lead to even worse gridlock, as inconceivable as that sounds.

ďA 50-50 Senate makes it really difficult for the party of the president to do everything that they may want to do because party discipline, conference discipline, is very challenging,Ē said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).

But if Democrats pick up a net three seats, thatís what happens. Should Joe Biden win the presidency, theyíll hold the majority; if President Donald Trump is reelected, Democrats need four seats to do so. Thatís because under an evenly divided chamber, the party that holds the White House runs the Senate, with the vice president casting the deciding 51st vote to break any tie.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/50-50-senate-control-416424

I would be overjoyed with a 50-50 Senate and a Biden win. We've been swimming upstream in the Senate all year, and a Democratic takeover there has seemed unlikely. But now it looks like we have a chance.

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Thu Sep 17, 2020, 09:05 PM

1. GD politico... if I never saw anything in print from them again, it would be too soon

They always pull this kind of what if scenario...and worse

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Fri Sep 18, 2020, 01:39 AM

2. With a Dem VP and 50 Dem Senators, All the Senate Committees would have

Dem chair persons -- I guess/hope.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 06:51 AM

3. That's right.

And nothing would be brought up in the Senate unless the Democratic majority leader says so. Hopefully the filibuster would be terminated from the get-go but this article's author thinks it would be hard to get 50 Democratic senators plus the VP to go along with that.

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