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  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mc Connell on Power Sharing Agreement  CSPAN  January 21, 2021 8:54pm-9:02pm EST

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opposed to any extraneous provisions, so we will keep working to try to get a bipartisan agreement. thank you, folks. >> [indiscernible] senator schumer: it is passing the house and i would like to get a in the senate asap. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] announcer: on the senate floor minority leader mitch mcconnell spoke about a power-sharing agreement with majority leader chuck schumer that will keep the filibuster in place for legislation. he spoke about the executive actions president biden took following his inauguration. senator mcconnell: this 117th congress the american people chose an evenly split senate, 50 republicans and 50 democrats.
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with the election of vice president harris that means the democratic leader will act as majority leader, so i want to congratulate my colleague of new york. his pride and emotion were palpable yesterday, as the self-described kid from brooklyn and son of an exterminator and housewife became the first jewish member of congress to lead either chamber, and historic milestone. the senate has handled an even split before. 20 years ago faced with the same scenario the two leaders brokered a power-sharing agreement so the institution could function smoothly. the democratic leader and i are discussing a similar agreement now. i have been heartened to hear my colleagues say he wants the same rules to apply today, because
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certainly 20 years ago there was no talk, none whatsoever of tearing down long-standing minority rights on legislation. the legislative filibuster is a crucial part of the senate, and at leading democrats like president biden himself have long defended it. democrats themselves just six years have been using it to block bills from senator tim scott's police reform to coronavirus relief. less than four years ago when it was republicans throughout the senate, the house, and the presidency 27 current democrats plus vice president harris signed a letter insisting this long-standing rule should not be broken, so at the -- so if the talk of unity and common ground is a web meeting and the rules from 20 years ago are to be our guide, i cannot imagine the
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democratic leader would rather hold up the power-sharing agreement and simply reaffirm that his side will not be breaking the standing rule of the senate. i appreciate our ongoing good faith discussions and look forward to finding a solution together. our side takes a great deal of pride in the accomplishments three consecutive public incidents have taken. in 2016 we were reelected to help invite a real american economic comeback, rebuild and modernize our military and fight for the forgotten corners of our country. together with the trump administration and a republican house we did just that. in 2018 we were rehired again although strong results, especially the historic job markets for american workers and
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our commitment to the judiciary. now even as voters choose president biden for the white house they simultaneously strong democrats house majority ready and elected an evenly divided senate. in the 2020 election was far from the sweeping mandate for ideological transformation as any election we have seen in modern history. the american people stunned experts with the number of republicans they sent to the house and to the senate to make sure common sense conservative values have a powerful say in the government. our site is ready to share ideas and work with the biden administration, apply common sense to find common ground for the common good, but if and when our democratic friends depart from common sense, when they retreat from common ground, and then we will use the power of the american people have given us to push for what we think is
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right. on the biden administration's very first day it took several big steps in the wrong direction. the president reiterated the field paris common agreement, an agreement that will set us up to inflict economic pain with no assurance china and russia will honor their commitments. the u.s. as already been reducing carbon emissions, while china and other nations and agreement have kept increasing there is. rejoining will just set us up to kill american jobs while our competitors continue to roar abide. the president also unilaterally canceled the keystone xl pipeline. the day one priority was to kill thousands of american jobs, including union jobs, disappoint our strong ally candidate and reduce some of our progress toward energy security. this is a project that the liberal canadian government and
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prime minister to support, and investment in north american energy. even the obama state department diluted it would not harm the climate. because canceling a pipeline project feels like the green thing to this will privilege powerful interests ahead of american workers. last night brought an unprecedented move, the president fired the independent general counsel one year before the end of his term.
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even left-wing activists called the move aggressive. it is early. there is time for president biden to remember he does not owe his election to the far left. he should focus on creating good paying american jobs, not sacrificing livelihoods to symbolism. senate republicans will be ready, willing, and acre to help. -- and eager to help. announcer: you are watching c-span, your unfiltered view of government. c-span was created by america's television companies in 1979. today, we are brought to buy these television companies who provide c-span as a public service. former mayor pete buttigieg