DCR Politics: McConnell backs down on Senate rules, signals power haring deal with Democrats.☕☕☕

Ayyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone… So I got some tea and it involves The Mitch McConnell and the senate democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he would step back from an ultimatum over Senate rules that sparked a partisan showdown, which also threatened to obstruct President Joe Biden’s early legislative agenda. McConnell (R.KY) said in a statement that he was ready to move forward with a power sharing accord with Democrats on how to operate the evenly divided Senate, defusing a potentially explosive clash over the minority’s rights to block partisan legislation.

At issue for McConnell was the fate of the filibuster, the Senate rule that acts as a 60.vote supermajority requirement for most legislation. With many Democrats calling for its elimination as their party takes control of the House, Senate and White House, McConnell had sought ­assurances from the new Senate majority leader, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D.NY.), that the filibuster would be preserved. Democrats bristled at the request, demanding that McConnell agree to a power sharing arrangement that followed the model used during the last 50 to 50 Senate, in 2001 which would give the party with the vice presidency and its tie breaking powers control of the floor agenda.

McConnell said on Monday that he was prepared to move forward on a deal “modeled on that [2001] precedent” after two Democratic senators Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) publicly reiterated their previously stated opposition to eliminating the filibuster.

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