Can one get any more inside-the-Beltway than the conundrum reported by Politico? With a 50/50 split in the Senate and Kamala Harris unable to take residence on Capitol Hill 24/7, Democrats and Republicans have to find a way to share power while acknowledging control has shifted to the former. Everyone seems to agree that the 2001 Lott/Daschle plan provides the precedent and the best path forward.
So what’s the problem? Mitch McConnell wants the thin new Democratic majority to agree not to seek any more changes to the legislative filibuster. And even though Democrats don’t have the votes to change it, they also don’t want Chuck Schumer to agree to this demand as an offense against their majority status:
McConnell has publicly and privately pressed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to work to keep the 60-vote threshold on most legislation as part of their power-sharing agreement. Democrats have no plans to gut the filibuster further, but argue it would be a mistake to take one of their tools off the table just as they’re about to govern.