Can the Vice President take control of the U.S. Senate from Mitch McConnel?
TLDR: Can the Vice President overrule the Senate Majority Leader?
I’ve been catching up on my civics lessons and came across an interesting part of the U.S. Constitution. I hope someone more knowledgeable about government procedure could weigh in.
According to Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5 of the Constitution, In the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House is chosen by the House to preside over the sessions. They are usually picked through a roll call vote of the assembly. The Speaker is has many duties, but notably controls what bills get voted on. Right now the person in that position is Nancy Pelosi.
Now I was mistaken in believing that the equivalent position in the Senate was the Senate Majority Leader, who is currently Mitch McConnel. McConnel calls himself the “Grim Reaper” of the Senate and has stalled numerous bills from the House and other congressional functions by simply not bringing them to a vote. This lead me to believe that the Constitution gave the Senate Majority Leader the position of Presiding Officer. But I was wrong.
According to Article 1, Section 3, Clause 4, the Presiding Officer of the Senate is not the Senate Majority Leader, but the Vice President of the United States, who is also known as the President of the Senate.
So, this is where I had a thought. It is mostly Senate custom, not law, that gives McConnel so much power. But in a case of a Senate controlled by one party, Republicans, while the Executive is controlled by another, possibly the Democratic Party (assuming all legal challenges fail), could the Vice President, which would be Kamala Harris, use her Constitutionally prescribed power as President of the Senate to force a vote on any bills sitting on McConnel’s desk?
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