Schumer refused to make a commitment that would tie the hands of Democrats, and many in the House are increasingly angry at McConnell’s resistance.
“We’re glad Senator McConnell threw in the towel and gave up his ridiculous claim,” said Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman. “We look forward to organizing the Senate under democratic control and we can start big, bold things for the American people.”
Schumer had previously urged McConnell to pass a resolution similar to the 2001 agreement between Senate leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle. But the Kentucky Republican insisted Democrats should provide some reassurance that the threshold of 60 key votes will remain the same for most major legislation. Ongoing negotiations have shaken the mandate of the Senate Committee.
Manchin (DW.Va.) vowed in an interview with POLITICO on Monday that he would not vote to kill the filibuster at this congress. And through Sinema’s (D-Ariz.) Office, he reiterated that he “refused to change his mind.”
“Legislation was an important part of the foundation of the Senate’s 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001,” McConnell said. “With these assurances, I look forward to moving forward with a power-sharing agreement modeled on such a precedent.”