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Senate Republicans keep notching victories by peeling off vulnerable Democrats


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Washington Examiner


Even in a divided Congress, Republicans have found a way to play offense against vulnerable Senate Democrats and moved legislation in a chamber they don't control by forcing politically sensitive votes that drive a wedge between senators up for reelection in red states and the Democratic base.

At least four times in the last month, Republicans scored wins and divided Democrats by deploying a congressional maneuver called a resolution of disapproval to target policies they oppose and force Democrats to either embrace President Joe Biden’s positions or buck their party. The procedural tool has forced Biden to confront bills he opposes, which is somewhat unusual when his party controls the upper chamber since the majority leader often can prevent controversial legislation from being voted on, sparing the president from having to veto a bill or make a politically charged decision to sign it instead.


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