The Senate is split evenly 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans.
Vice President Kamala Harris will cast the tie breaking vote giving Chuck Schumer the title of Majority Leader.
But now Chuck Schumer just suffered a gut punch defeat in this key fight.
Even with the Democrats holding a nominal majority in the Senate, Republicans can still filibuster the extreme socialist agenda Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi want to impose on America.
Republicans already balked at Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID bailout bill leading to reports that Democrats are exploring using the process of budget reconciliation – which allows the Senate to pass a budget on a simple majority vote – to pass this big government giveaway.
But for other matters on Biden’s agenda such as amnesty for 11,000,000 illegal aliens, new gun control, and the Marxist “Green New Deal,” the Democrat base is demanding Schumer junk the filibuster all together.
That would require complete party unity for the Democrats.
They cannot even afford one defection.
And right off the bat it became clear that Schumer does not have the votes to scrap the filibuster.
While much of the focus is on West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, other Democrats are flatly opposed to getting rid of the filibuster.
A spokeswoman for Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema “against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster.”
Democrats learned a painful lesson the last time they were in the majority and messed around with the filibuster.
Then Majority Leader Harry Reid went nuclear in 2013 and eliminated the filibuster for judicial nominations.
When Donald Trump won the Presidency, Senate Republicans confirmed three Supreme Court Justices and over 200 federal judges using simple majorities to remake the federal bench.
It may seem like a good idea now to eliminate the filibuster, but the wheel is always turning and there is a decent chance Republicans could hold unified control of government in 2025.
If Democrats ditch the filibuster they may soon regret that decision.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.