Obstructionist Democrats may help hand a super majority to Republicans either during the Mid Term elections in 2018 or in 2020. Of course this assumes that the President Elect will keep his campaign promises, especially to bring jobs back to the U.S and repeal and replace the horrid Obamacare fiasco. With many more Democrat Senate Seats being up for re-election in just two years, there is an excellent chance that the GOP will pick up several more seats in the Senate, especially if their party is viewed as obstructionist by independents and moderate democrats. Some of these seats will be from states which turned RED during the 2016 election.
Whether he wants to vocalize it or not, this fact will weigh heavily on Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the new Senate Minority leader who takes that role in 2017. Just be sure to separate the sound bites and leftist rhetoric from him, from the reality of negotiating behind the scenes with the incoming administration and those democrats that will up for Senate re-election. THE SHOE IS NOW ON THE OTHER FOOT and that FOOT is wearing a sharpened cleated boot! The chickens have come home to roost!
How many seats does it take to hold a Super Majority in the U.S. Senate?
- In theory 67 out of the 100 seats. Remember however that the Vice President has the tie breaking vote.
When is a Super Majority needed in the US Senate?
- To override a Presidential Veto (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate — Article 1, Section 7)
- Ratify a treaty (2/3 majority in the Senate — Article 2, Section 2)
- Passing of a Constitutional Amendment by Congress (2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate — Article 5)