If the Senate Splits, Biden Takes the Gavel

Posted on AllSides August 19th, 2014
From The Right

If neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) nor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are allowed to claim victor over the coveted Senate Chamber gavel come election day, Vice President Joe Biden will play tie-breaker.

In the event a 50-50 Senate is the outcome this November of an already polarized Washington, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution has the Vice President as the president of the Senate. Though it has only happened twice, the VP would then give the gavel to his or her party.


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