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Jan 28 2021
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Edward Hild, principal in Buchanan's Federal Government Relations group, led the first session of Buchanan’s three-part Congressional Process Master Class series. The topic of first session covered how the Legislative Branch can successfully pass legislation, particularly in the face of a 50/50 Senate split. 

During each of our three webinars, we will explore topics like how will the Senate operate with a 50/50 split, the powerful fast-track legislative tool known as “reconciliation,” the potential use of the Congressional Review Act to overturn certain regulations issued by the Trump Administration, and how the 117th Congress may navigate the landscape.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Absent the use of reconciliation: moving legislation forward will be a difficult and time consuming process. A small group of Senators will likely work across the aisle to reach agreements, providing those members strong leverage.
  • Managing expectations: many Democratic Senators, House members and outside Democratic organizations want to enact sweeping changes on a broad array of issues, but the 50/50 Senate will cause some challenges.
  • Will the “power sharing agreement” last? Democrats could reverse course and eliminate the filibuster.