Skip to main content
ad info

 
CNN.com AllPolitics
  Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Free E-mail | Feedback  
 

Search


Search tips
POLITICS
TOP STORIES

Bush unveiling religious-based charity plan

Bush and family attend largely black church

Bush appears to make encouraging first impression

Bush Cabinet will meet over California power crisis

Former first lady says Reagans repaid Bel Air home with interest

Lockhart defends Clintons as GOP criticizes gifts, pardons, pranks

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

Indian PM witnesses quake devastation

EU considers tighter BSE controls

Alpine tunnel tops summit agenda

Bill Gates to address Davos

(MORE)

 MARKETS    1613 GMT, 12/28
5217.4
-25.00
5160.1
+42.97
4624.58
+33.42

 
SPORTS

(MORE)

 All Scoreboards
WEATHER
European Forecast

 Or choose another Region:
EUROPE

WORLD

TECHNOLOGY

ENTERTAINMENT

  IN OTHER NEWS

U.S.

HEALTH

TRAVEL



(MORE HEADLINES)
EDITIONS:
CNN.com U.S.:
*

LOCAL LANGUAGES:


MULTIMEDIA:

CNN WEB SITES:

CNN NETWORKS:
CNN International

TIME INC. SITES:

SITE INFO:

WEB SERVICES:

Lott, Daschle discuss sharing power in Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle spent an hour behind closed doors Thursday morning in their first discussion of how Democrats and Republicans could share power in an evenly divided Senate in the 107th Congress.

Daschle
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle  

The meeting was inconclusive, but Senate Majority Leader Lott, R-Mississippi, and Senate Minority Leader Daschle, D-South Dakota, agreed to hold regular discussions and try to reach an agreement by the end of December. The new Senate will convene on January 3, 2001.

If George W. Bush becomes president and Sen. Joe Lieberman, Vice President Al Gore's running mate, stays in the Senate, the chamber will be divided 50-50 between the two parties -- the first time since 1881 the two parties have the same number of seats.

If Gore's challenge to the Florida presidential results succeeds and Lieberman becomes vice president, Connecticut's Republican governor is likely to appoint a fellow Republican to Lieberman's seat: That would give the GOP a 51-49 edge in the upper chamber.

"We had a discussion about the agenda for the next year and how we're going to work together," Lott said after the meeting.

"This was an opening discussion, kind of general in nature. It was on global areas. We talked through and I asked him to give me specifics, and I'll come back to him with some too," he said.

According to one aide to Daschle, the Democratic leader tried to impress on Lott the unity of the Democratic caucus in wanting equal staff, equal votes in committee and input on setting the Senate's legislative agenda. Lott was reportedly positive about wanting to work something out.

McCain
Sen. John McCain  

There is little talk of co-chairing the committees, however.

At least one committee chairman -- Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee -- has agreed to divide his committee 50-50, but McCain would remain as sole chairman. Democrats already are looking ahead to the midterm elections in 2002 and want to be able to run against a possible Republican president and Congress.

By a fluke of timing, Democrats will hold the majority in the Senate for 17 days -- between January 3, when the new Senate convenes with Lieberman in his current seat and Gore retains his vice presidential duty as Senate tie-breaker, and January 20, when a new vice president takes office.


MORE STORIES:

Thursday, December 7, 2000

ARCHIVES

 Search   

Back to the top  © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.