The "Swamp" Is About To Get "Swampier"


Just hours after Donald Trump left the White House, former Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and new Democrat leader Chuck Schumer got together to discuss a 'power sharing' agreement. Basically, the 'swamp' is filling back up again! Even though Democrats have all the control right now, Republicans still have some leverage in the Senate. Right now it's a 50-50 split, with Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaker. But unlike Congress, when all that is needed is a simple majority, in the Senate you still need -60- votes to move legislation along. Texas A&M professor Kirby Goidel told KTRH, "In order to get anything done you have an agreement on what the power sharing is going to look like. This happened in 2001, the last time the Senate was split evenly. It's just trying to lay-out the rules so that the work of the Senate can be accomplished." It sounds amicable, but according to reports Democrats are not happy with Schumer for trying to broker a deal. And Goidel believes that McConnell is upset with Trump for what happened with the Georgia runoffs. "McConnell is kind of mad, and he looks over at Trump and says "you just cost me my Senate majority position" and so I think that plays a part in it." So what happens next? The two sides are still talking, but Goidel adds, "when both sides are worried it probably means that the negotiations are bad for both sides, but hopefully good for both sides." We shall see.

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