Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night dropped his request that Democrats state in writing that they will not end the filibuster. He agreed to move forward with a power-sharing agreement that will allow Democrats to take full control of the Senate and move President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s agenda, including his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill meant to get the pandemic under control, boost the economy, get relief to the American people and protect workers.
In a statement by his spokesperson, McConnell said he agreed to a power-sharing agreement after two Democratic senator agreed to preserve the filibuster that require 60 votes for major legislations.
Centrist Democrats Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were reported to have told McConnell that they will not vote to end the filibuster.
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McConnell’s demand blocked Democrats from taking control of Senate Committees even though they have won the Majority following the two runoffs in Georgia.
The membership committees are currently controlled by Republicans, and Senators will need to formally pass the resolution in order to change the membership of committees.