Vice President Harris is flexing a not often used muscle in her first weeks in workplace — the tiebreaker.
Harris, 56, a former Senator from California, presided over two tie-breaking votes Friday on price range resolutions that had been each important to advancing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus reduction invoice.
Although Republicans could also be grinding their enamel, there’s little they will do. Throughout his time in workplace, former Vice President Pence himself solid 13 tie-breaking votes, a sum Harris will probably surpass if she continues at her present tempo.
Tie-breaking votes are uncommon, with solely 268 recorded because the first US Senate of 1789. Harris has already solid extra tiebreakers than Harry Truman, Teddy Roosevelt and Walter Mondale, who every had one. Some veeps, like Joe Biden below President Obama, by no means solid a single one.
John C. Calhoun, a vice chairman below each Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, holds the report with 31 tiebreakers solid.
The Structure empowers Harris to invoke her Senate voting energy when votes within the chamber are deadlocked — one thing that’s significantly extra more likely to occur over the following two years with the Senate evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Although Biden has publicly expressed his need to see extra bipartisanship in Congress, his vice chairman has made it know that she has no qualms about breaking ties to advance the administration’s agenda.
“I intend to work tirelessly as your vice chairman, together with, if crucial, fulfilling this constitutional responsibility,” she wrote in an Op-Ed for the San Francisco Chronicle final month. “On the identical time, it’s my hope that quite than come to the purpose of a tie, the Senate will as a substitute discover frequent floor and do the work of the American folks.”
Senate Democrats say they’re very happy to see it and that Individuals ought to prepare for extra tiebreakers sooner or later.
“Democrats will desperately attempt to work throughout the aisle, however gridlock for its personal gratuitous sake is not going to be lamented, it will likely be overcome with a single vote — hers,” one Democratic Senate insider advised The Submit.
Senate filibuster guidelines requiring 60 votes for passage of most laws will probably make sure that Harris’ voting energy stays not often used.