The Bipartisanship Act requires that the House and Senate pass a joint resolution to create a bicamual legislative branch.
It would also require the Senate to confirm nominees for those posts.
In addition, it would require that any vacancies in the U.S. Senate be filled in a timely fashion.
A committee of the U/S Congress would then be charged with setting up a system that would allow nominees to be confirmed without Senate confirmation votes, as opposed to having to wait for a simple majority vote.
The bill was introduced by Sens.
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R/TX) in February and passed the House on March 10.
Senate Democrats are currently working on a bill that would remove the requirement that a majority of senators vote in favor of a nomination, instead requiring 60 votes for confirmation, with Vice President Joe Biden acting as a tie-breaker.
“While I appreciate the need for a bipartisan legislative branch to help facilitate this process, it’s unfortunate that the bipartisan legislation that we just passed would instead place the Senate in the difficult position of having to confirm our nominees by the end of March, which could impact our ability to conduct the business of government efficiently,” Grassley said in a statement.
Earlier this week, President Trump said that he will consider the idea of having Senate confirmation as part of his effort to get rid of the filibuster for Cabinet nominees.
Democrats, meanwhile, are pressing the White House to clarify whether Trump’s pledge to abolish the filibuster on Cabinet nominees is a sign of the president’s intent to move forward with the repeal.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will act on the BIPARTISAN BUDGET or not, as the two sides are still trying to work out how much money to raise.
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