In new split Senate, Kamala Harris to hold the deciding vote

In new split Senate, Kamala Harris to hold the deciding vote


With Democrats winning two Georgia Senate runoffs, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have a new role: the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

“Depending on how it plays out, she will cast tie-breaking votes on some of the most important pieces of legislation of the early Biden administration,” said Jim Manley, a former top aide to onetime Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. “But it’s not going to happen all the time.”

The legislative filibuster effectively sets a 60-vote threshold to most controversial legislation, so Harris won’t be pressed into service there. An exception is a Senate rule that Republicans used in 2017, when the GOP controlled both chambers in Congress, to enact tax cuts.

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Harris’s most important vote “may be on the so-called reconciliation bills that will be used to pass some of [President-elect Joe Biden’s] tax and spending proposals,” said Manley.

Among the first orders of business will be a multitrillion-dollar economic package, with

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