Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden

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Senate Republicans signal ready to strike deals with Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons pushes back leading progressive Senate challenger in Delaware Biden courting veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts ‘multiple routes’ to victory MORE if he wins the White House in November.

GOP Senators – adding caveat they support President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump says he doesn’t think he could have done more to stop the spread of virus Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware, Trump defends claim coronavirus will go away, citing the “herd mentality” MORE – say there is room for a deal with a Biden administration, especially on areas like trade or immigration, if it retains a Senate majority in November.

His. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP Steps Up Attacks On Democrats Over Crackdown On Money-Filing: Pelosi Says House Will Stay In Session Until Stimulus Deal Is Reached | GOP Running Out of Votes on Controversial Fed Pick of Trump | WTO adjusts Trump tariffs on illegal Chinese goods, GOP without votes on controversial Trump Fed choice (SD), the second Senate Republican, noted that new administrations usually get a honeymoon period and a divided government could force compromises.

“There would be opportunities. … The only thing about divided government is that it forces people to come together and some of the best and greatest achievements in our history have been accomplished during a time of divided government, ”Thune said.

A GOP senator predicted that a Republican-controlled Senate could be good for Biden because it would give him a buffer against progressives in his party who, if Democrats controlled both houses, would likely try to drive him to the left.

“So he’s not constantly fighting ‘Why can’t we go further?’ on whatever they want to do. The best thing that could happen to Joe Biden would be if there was a Republican Senate, ”the senator said.

The pledge to work with Biden comes as he has led Trump through a steady stream of recent polls averaging 6.2 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics. The battle for the Senate remains child’s play, according to political handicappers, leaving open the prospect of a divided government in 2021.

His. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senators say coronavirus deal dead until end of election Tucker Carlson accuses Lindsey Graham of convincing Trump to speak to Woodward Trump in front of Florida voters with moratorium on offshore drilling MORE (RS.C.) has said he would be prepared to try and help Biden reach legislative deals, although he wondered whether the Democrats, who should retain control of the House, would agree.

“It’s hard to predict what the attitudes would be in the House, but I would try to help him,” Graham said.

His. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump reflects on aluminum tariffs on order Canada Trump on drug prices faces a long way to complete the line GOP President to issue interim report on Biden inquiry “in about one week »MORE (R-Iowa), who would chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans retained a majority, pointed to energy, agriculture and commerce as areas where he believed the two sides could strike deals. Grassley served for decades with Biden in the Senate, including both members of the Judiciary Committee.

“I imagine on the next Farm Bill,” Grassley said. “I imagine Biden will pursue a free trade deal in the UK, maybe other free trade deals. … if it is for TPA [trade promotion authority] we could surely work together on this.

Biden, who left the Senate in 2009 to be President Obama’s former vice president, has close ties to some members of the Republican caucus, including the Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP steps up attacks on Democrats for talking about filibustering MLB owner: Trump vote “badly needed” Delta: early departures saved agent jobs edge PLUS (Ky.).

He played his knowledge of the Senate as a perk that could help him work with GOP senators to break through years of deadlock that have largely stymied the ability to push big bills through the chamber.

“I think you’re going to see the world change with Trump gone,” Biden said in an interview earlier this year with NBC’s “Today”, adding that he believed he could work with “at least some” Republicans.

Spokesmen for Biden’s campaign did not respond to whether there had been conversations with GOP Senators, or their staff, about areas they could work together in case the Republicans would retain control of the Senate or a narrow Democratic majority in the Senate would not not bombard the legislative obstruction by 60 votes.

His. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP steps up attacks on Democrats over denial of obstruction Catholic group launches 0.7 million campaign against Biden targeting Alternate State voters Night Defense: Democrats divided over time of the provisional expenditure measure | Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel | Trump looks at foreign policy in the home stretch of the campaign READ MORE (Ill.), Senate Democrat No.2, noted that some senators like Thune and Grassley have a proven track record in crafting bipartisan deals. But he seemed skeptical that McConnell would be willing to work with a Biden administration.

“He’s the problem. You know, when he announced from the start “Obama for a term” it was pretty clear that he wasn’t going to do anything to help. … He’s had a scorched earth approach for a long time, ”Durbin said, referring to McConnell’s remarks in 2010 to ensure that Obama was a president for one term.

Biden, during her time in the Senate, was involved in the development of major agreements such as the Violence Against Women Act and has extensive knowledge of the chamber, including chairing influential judicial committees. and foreign relations. As Obama’s vice president, he also helped negotiate tax deals with McConnell and the then Democratic Senate leader. Harry ReidHarry Mason Reid Filibuster fight looms if Democrats take over Senate Biden unites Democrats – for now MORE (Nev.).

But since then, the Senate has grown more partisan and stuck in an impasse. And more than half of current Senators have joined the chamber since Biden left him to become Vice President, giving him a potentially difficult battle to win over new GOP allies who have no previous relationship with him.

Progressives have warned that a GOP-controlled Senate would be the death knell for their healthcare, climate change and electoral reform priorities that are high on Democrats’ to-do list if they support the control of the Senate and the White House. Democrats last had a unified government in 2010, when they lost control of the House in a Tea Party wave to Republicans.

And some Republicans are also skeptical that a Democratic-controlled House would let Biden strike the kind of deals Republicans could agree to.

“Based on what he’s committed to right now, I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Sen said. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael Rounds 2020 GOP Presidential Rivalries Emerge Over Virus Package Davis: Hall of Shame for GOP Senators Who Keep Silent on Donald Trump Project Lincoln Expands GOP Target List, Gaining Anger by Trump PLUS (RS.D.) on the prospect of Republicans working with Biden if he wins.

His. John CornynJohn Cornyn’Top Chef Star Tom Colicchio Urges Congress To Boost SNAP Profits During Pandemic NJ Governor Designates Juneteenth As Holiday The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind – Cautious or “pathetic “? GOP senators plan to vote on coronavirus relief on Thursday PLUS (R-Texas) said that Biden himself probably wouldn’t be the obstacle to making deals with Republicans, but rather that “his cabinet has compromised the Treasury Secretary [Elizabeth] Warren and the influences of AOC[Rep[Rep[Rep[RepAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFlorida Democrat Introduces Bill Recognizing Puerto Rican State Referendum The Memo: 2020 Is About Winning Florida Far Left Bogeymen Deserve A Place In Any Biden Administration MORE]and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders No New Taxes For The Ultra Rich – Fix Bad Tax Policy Instead Democrats Walk Away From Trump’s Quick Reversal Of Tax Cuts The Memo: 2020 Is Winning Florida MORE. »

Pressed on whether Biden’s dealings with some GOP senators would make it easier to make deals, Cornyn added, “I’d like to think that, I’d like to believe it, but I don’t see any evidence of it now. “



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