Republicans stay poised to dam most of Biden’s proposals, simply as they thwarted a lot of President Barack Obama‘s efforts on Capitol Hill. However 50-50 management permits motion on particular laws that may’t be filibustered, and momentum for the favored components of Covid-19 relief may simply propel an early help invoice into legislation. With Democrats chairing committees within the Senate and solely needing a majority to win ground votes on nominations, Biden is now assured of sealing affirmation of his Cupboard and judicial picks – together with probably for the Supreme Court. It additionally means controversial selections corresponding to Neera Tanden, Biden’s choose for price range director, can stay up for assuming their posts. Republicans can sluggish however not cease nominations.
Democrats even have the chance to move particular budget-related laws by a easy majority, an often-arcane course of that enabled Obama to complete his 2010 well being care invoice and gave President Donald Trump’s GOP allies a failed probability to repeal “Obamacare” and passage of a tax overhaul invoice. Biden may use this so-called price range reconciliation course of to move extra controversial components of Covid-19 reduction with solely Democratic votes, repeal a few of Trump’s tax cuts or make federal well being care packages extra beneficiant, for instance.
Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer — he’ll be majority chief as soon as the 2 new Georgia senators and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are all sworn into workplace — now has the chance to carry laws to the ground and power votes. That would allow passage of $2,000 direct Covid-19 reduction funds and different help, for example, and will imply debates on points like police reform, immigration and local weather change. However passage of such laws would require help from Republicans, which provides the minority celebration huge leverage.