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#329358 - 10/04/20 02:51 AM Senate control during Covid
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Now that three R Senators are quarantined, and Senate rules are that you must be present to vote, some are suggesting that the Dem seize control, put Schumer in as Leader, keep the Senate in session, change ALL committee assignments, reject the SCOTUS nominee.

McConnell would do that if he had the chance. Thoughts? Hmm
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#329363 - 10/04/20 07:24 AM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pdx rick]
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How many of those Senators are from states with Republican governors? Vacant House seats stay vacant until the next election, but vacant Senate seats are filled by the state's governor. I bet they would just get some sick Senators to resign so the governors could appoint new Senators who could go vote her in. They would actually have until January 1 to do that.

Resigning would not be a big deal, because after January it's going to suck being a Republican in congress. Of course, they might have a hard time finding people to volunteer to go hang out with the dangerously diseased Republicans in Congress. And all of them might not agree to resign, as a confusing list of Republican Senators leave to quarantine and come back.

It gets a bit more complicated because while confirmation takes a simple majority of Senators present, cloture of a filibuster requires 51 votes. Not some fraction of the Senators present, but 51. And they can't vote electronically from some other location like the House members can. There are 53 Republican senators and a few have said they would not vote to confirm. So there is actually a question of McConnell not having the votes to end a filibuster. If 4 are absent, they can't confirm either.

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#329364 - 10/04/20 07:36 AM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pdx rick]
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There is another possibility though. McConnel has recessed the Senate for two weeks probably just to avoid this. But what if he called the Senate back and miscalculated? Schumer could take over as Majority leader and then keep the Senate recessed until January 1, when many terms would expire. Trump would still be lame duck President for 20 more days, but he probably would not have majorities in either House.

The President has the power to call for the Senate to come back in session, but the Majority Leader has the power to recess it 1/10th of a second later.

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#329368 - 10/04/20 04:50 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pondering_it_all]
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All within the realm of possibility...but pretty farfetched.

Democrats don't have the cojones to pull off a takeover on the eve of an election.
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#329369 - 10/04/20 05:03 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: Greger]
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Originally Posted By: Greger
Democrats don't have the cojones to pull off a takeover on the eve of an election.

Unfortunately, you're correct. frown
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#329378 - 10/04/20 06:33 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pdx rick]
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There have been some indication that, if necessary, they will try and do voting online through the internet.

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#329380 - 10/04/20 06:37 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: jgw]
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Originally Posted By: jgw
There have been some indication that, if necessary, they will try and do voting online through the internet.

Senate voting is in-person only. Can't change the rules now, there are not enough Rs to be there in person and the Ds won't agree to that. smile
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#329381 - 10/04/20 06:38 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pdx rick]
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In the rare chance that Schumer does grow some balls and a spine, he can pass Nancy's $2.5T Covid relief bill. smile
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#329393 - 10/04/20 09:22 PM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pdx rick]
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There is a decent possibility that the Senate never functions again until the next term. The virus might have spread far and wide in Republican circles, since they still are ignoring public health guidelines. Governors will not appoint replacements unless their Senator dies, and it usually takes about a month to die from Covid-19. There's less than a month to the election, and then a month after that until the new Senate. Some will be asymptomatic and pass it around to their staff and family during the current recess. Then they all come back and another wave ensues.

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#329395 - 10/05/20 12:02 AM Re: Senate control during Covid [Re: pondering_it_all]
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There is a decent possibility that the Senate never functions again until the next term.


That's high on my list of possible outcomes.
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