“I assume in the next couple weeks, Schumer and Mitch will sit down and kind of figure out how this is going to work,” mentioned Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Republican. “We had a little bit of a pattern back in 2000, but times have changed. It’s different now.”
Perhaps the most important distinction would be the committee chairmen, representing a big swing in ideology. Besides Mr. Sanders, for instance, Senator Sherrod Brown, the progressive Ohio Democrat and powerful labor ally, is ready to be head of the Banking Committee and can have a markedly completely different agenda than that of the outgoing Republican chairman, Senator Michael D. Crapo of Idaho.
Mr. Brown mentioned his first order of legislative enterprise could be addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and reduction provisions set to run out, together with an eviction moratorium.
“We need to fix a lot of the damage Trump’s done, and then there’s pent-up demand for a whole lot of things,” Mr. Brown mentioned. “What do we do about climate and about racial inequality, about wealth inequality, about structural racism?”
Among different notable committee modifications could be Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon as head of the tax-writing Finance Committee, and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois as chairman of the Judiciary Committee relatively than Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, who was a chief driver of the Republican push to put in greater than 200 conservative judges on the nation’s federal courts the previous 4 years. Senator Patty Murray of Washington, an aggressive backer of well being regulation modifications, is in line for the well being committee.
With the even partisan cut up, Democrats have begun speaking about using a particular legislative course of known as reconciliation that applies finances guidelines to remove the specter of a filibuster, however what will be completed with that method is restricted. Activists are encouraging Democrats to attempt to remove the 60-vote filibuster to reap the benefits of their energy whereas they’ve it.
“A window of opportunity like this may not come around again for a long while,” mentioned Brian Fallon, a former Schumer aide and head of the progressive group Demand Justice. “It is almost overwhelming to think of all the opportunities for legislating that now exist, but the priority must be democratic reforms that make institutions like the Senate and our courts more aligned with the will of the people.”