Senate Republicans Exercise Leverage In Democrat Colleagues' Absence

March 21, 2023

Another week of Republican leverage over the Democrat-controlled Senate continues with Senators John Fetterman (D-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) medically inactive.

"With three Democrat senators sidelined, Republicans have the ability to force certain Senate maneuvers that some Democrats, such as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) or Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), might support," reports Breitbart.

"In recent weeks, Senate Republicans have mounted a degree of pressure on Democrats by using 'privileged resolutions' that bypass Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) approval to come to the floor," Breitbart reported. "Once on the floor, privileged resolutions only require a simple majority to pass."

"If Manchin or Sinema vote with Republicans, the Democrat-controlled Senate would be overpowered by the lawmakers' medical absences. The maneuver would put President Joe Biden in a political corner, one that could force him to use a veto pen," reported Breitbart.

"Feinstein’s medical leave is especially concerning to Democrats," reports Breitbart." As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, her absence has caused committee Democrats to postpone a number of confirmation votes for Biden’s nominees."

"Among the delayed nominees is First Circuit Court nominee Michael Delaney, who has faced criticism over his handling of a school sexual assault case," reported Politico.

Fetterman and Feinstein are reportedly unlikely to return this week.

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