January 18, 2021 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm #1939948
what is the role of the majority leader? is it like speaker of the house just 4 the senate? what about the minority leader?
if the senate meets before Georgia certifies its election’s results, can the republicans quickly meet and choose a majority leader who will continue even after the last 2 senators join?January 18, 2021 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm #1939951
The 2 new Senators from Georgia and Padilla the new Senator from California(who is replacing KH who resigns tonight) will be sworn in tomorrow. At that point, KH will vote as President of the Senate (rather than as Senator) to cast the tie-breaker vote and make Schumer the new majority leader. Not very complicated.January 18, 2021 2:13 pm at 2:13 pm #1939954follick2Participant
The majority leader, in consultation with the minority leader (which means as much as he wants it to), controls which votes will be taken and when in the Senate. So if he doesn’t want a bill brought up for a vote it can never pass.
The Senate has already met but when the majority in the Senate changes, the majority leader changes. Once the Democrats take over, Charles Schumer (a Jewish senator from NY) will become majority leader.January 18, 2021 2:13 pm at 2:13 pm #1939956
Most importantly, as the new Majority Leader, Schumer will totally control the Senate agenda and what issues come up for debate and vote. The Presiding Officer ALWAYS gives the Majority Leader priority in obtaining recognition to speak on the floor. While the Constitution designates the VP as “President of theSenate” and also calls for a President pro tem, to serve as Senate leader when the VP is not present, the latter task is ministerial and typically falls to one of the most junior members of the majority party.
Senate rules give the presiding officer very little power so it is the Majority Leader or his designee (Durbin of Illinois) who, in practice, will manage the Senate. This is in contrast to the House of Representatives, where the elected Speaker of the House (based on a vote of BOTH parties0 has a great deal of discretionary power.January 18, 2021 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #1939962CTLAWYERParticipant
The Speaker of the House is next in line after VP for Presidential Succession, followed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. the Senate Majority leader is NOT in the lone of successionJanuary 18, 2021 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #1939963
I would highly recommend reading Robart Caro’s third of four volumes of his Lyndon Johnson biography, *Master of the Senate*. It shows how Johnson mastered the power of the Majority Leader in a way nobody had been able to before. You will also understand how Mitch McConnell destroyed much of the institution in his own desire for power.January 18, 2021 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #1939964The little I knowParticipant
Schumer has a horrific track record in the Senate, and his position of power is projected to be a nightmare.
Firstly, in his long tenure in the Senate, he hardly brought forth and sponsored any bills of major importance. He may have cosponsored some, but that was after others did the work. He did sponsor such things as naming a library or something like that, matters of insignificance to the greater population.
Secondly, he has been vicious as a partisan. Making anti-Republican issues primary to his public service is not what a senator needs to do to fulfill his job.
Thirdly, he has lied repeatedly. Trump’s lies were of inconsequential matters. Schumer’s were on major issues. He has brought waves of liberalism that we all find as points of suffering. He has needed replacement years ago, and it is a wonder that he is given recognition as a politician.January 18, 2021 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #1939989CTLAWYERParticipant
WHO appointed you to speak for the rest of US?????
You do not have permission to speak for me.
” He has brought waves of liberalism that we all find as points of suffering. ”
We ALL don’t find liberalism suffering. Some of you may feel that way, some of us don’t.January 18, 2021 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #1940016ujmParticipant
The 117th United States Congress began on January 3, 2021. The United States Senate has already voted on a majority leader, Mitch Mcconnell, and Republican committee leaders.
Frankly, if they wanted to play hardball, Republicans could refuse to have a vote to cede Leader Mcconnell’s position as majority leader. A vote is only scheduled once at the beginning of each term, which has already occurred.
If that really wanted to play hardball, the Republican Senate majority could even refuse to seat the newly elected Senator(s) from Georgia.January 18, 2021 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm #1940030
“Trump’s lies were of inconsequential matters….”
Like the 2020 election and the riots at the capital.
Its one thing to know little…but something else to publicize your ignorance. Do you recall a certain congressman from Virginia who about 20 years ago was voted “the dumbest member of Congress” in the annual Washingtonian Magazine survey of its readers. Well, he learned of the voting outcome and the day before the story was published, he called a news conference on the steps of the Capital to issue a denial. At least some of the our resident Trumpkopfs have shown the sechel to lie low for a while.January 18, 2021 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm #1940035
GH- i can’t stop you from using your offensive and vile terminology when you post, but please don’t ever use nazi termonology to describe fellow posters here.January 18, 2021 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm #1940031yaakov doeParticipant
I’ve known Schumer since he was on the staff of a NYS Assemblyman in 1976. He’s an honest man who knows how to get media attention but I am unaware of any lies. On the other hand Trump has told over 30,000 verifiable lies since his inauguration. We may disagree with some of Schumer’s positions on issues but he is a sincere honest man who speaks his mind.January 18, 2021 6:31 pm at 6:31 pm #1940032
@gh what are2you talking about? kh won’t be vp until Wed.
@follick2 so basically it sounds like they have the same role as speaker of the house just for the senate? what do minority leaders in both house and senate do?
@ujm thanks that’s exactly what I would have thought (save for the Jan 1 part. I’m not understanding. they’re sworn in 3 weeks before this senate is over?) please elaborate. and why don’t they play hardball especially in not letting in the 2 latest? how does that even work?January 18, 2021 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #1940017
” he hardly brought forth and sponsored any bills of major importance”
Liar. Schumer has sponsored 60 bills that got enacted, and about half were significant. McConnell has sponsored only 25 that got enacted, but none of them rename post offices, so they have similar productivity records.
The brazenness of people who spout easily debunked lies for partisan purposes is truly amazing.January 18, 2021 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #1940047
Syag: Sorry you are having a bad day but “TKs” is a takeoff on “DKs” and has zero linkage to the Nazis, Y’S. And I’ve tried to limit my use of the term to those who have deliberately invoked T’s lies and falsehoods to troll. I’ve never had an issue with those who argue based on substantive policy perspectives. However, given the ongoing transition, I’ve permanently retired the term. As another former great Republican leader piously intoned at a similar time in our history, “you won’t have the Donald to kick around anymore”. Goodbye and good riddance.January 18, 2021 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm #1940051
Im not having a bad day, and i don’t know what DK’s are. I do know, as you’ve heard me say, that ive been waiting to say good riddance to these dumb threads for months. Let me know when you’re ready.
😉January 18, 2021 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #1940059emes nisht shekerParticipant
The Little I Know – You contradict yourself. First you say Schumer pretty much did nothing of significance then you two paragraphs later whine that Schumer did consequential things.
Oh, for the person who wants these threads (I assume all the Trump related ones) to go away, maybe tell the people starting them to stop and stop supporting the lie they continue to push. The vast majority of these threads are started by people pushing election fraud lies.January 18, 2021 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #1940107
Wow. You can’t make it thru a single post without referencing me.January 19, 2021 9:10 am at 9:10 am #1940179
Syag: Just shows my fixation on substantive posts I’ll join you in saying “good riddance” to the incumbents and hope that the inbound chavrusah have the strength and wisdom to push back against their own crazies on the left. Time will tell.January 19, 2021 9:26 am at 9:26 am #1940212
“I’ll join you in saying “good riddance” to the incumbents”
I won’t be saying good riddance to the incumbents, i will say good riddance to all the venomous monologues falling on deaf ears.
L’Chaim! To clarity that only HKB”H runs the world!January 19, 2021 1:11 pm at 1:11 pm #1940270
” don’t ever use nazi termonology”
I have been hesitant to compare anything in the Trump Administration to Nazis, because Trump isn’t a Nazi. But Trump does at times praise neo-Nazis, and actually endorsed one in a Congressional primary in 2016. AFAIK not a single Trump supporter commenting here has ever objected to that Trump endorsement. More to the point here, Trump’s insistence on denying his election loss is in fact just like the Big Lie technique that the Nazis used and most Trump supporters here are all-in on that, even after his attempted coup. The coup attempt was more March On Rome than Beer Hall Putsch, but the Trump supporters have to stop being snowflakes and accept the level of criticism that is still far less vile than the stuff that they have subjected us liberals to for the entire Trump era, which will fortunately be over in less than 24 hours.January 19, 2021 1:37 pm at 1:37 pm #1940292
@syag gh ens
this thread has nothing to do with trump or election fraud.
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