Sunday, November 27, 2016

Can Senate Democrats Save the Party? - The New York Times

Can Senate Democrats Save the Party? - The New York Times

Much of the burden will fall on Democrats in the closely divided Senate, where arcane rules give the opposition party leverage to shape or block legislation passed by the rigidly conservative, Republican-dominated House. The challenge facing the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, is to determine when to say no and when to compromise on matters of broad economic benefit.

Mr. Schumer vows to block all efforts to kill Obamacare, or gut Dodd-Frank financial regulation. “We’re not going to undo it, period. And I have the votes.” And the Democrats are sure to resist ideas they abhor — a far-right Supreme Court nominee, or efforts to undermine environmental protections. Yet other issues in which both sides and the larger public have an interest, like infrastructure, could offer room for collaboration.


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