I have a procedural question regarding the US Senate that I’m hoping is an easy home-run pitch for our experts like Christopher.
When and how can the US Senate vote to change its leadership?
I have been noticing that the balance of the Senate is changing as Senators become unable to vote because of illness or quarantine. The last counts I’ve seen are 48-47 and 47-47.
If the balance shifts so that the Democrats are in the majority, is it possible for that Democratic majority to force a vote that recognizes this new reality? What does it take to make Mr. Schumer the Senate Majority Leader and to elevate the various Senate committee members to leadership positions in their various committees?
Is this something that can only be done once at the beginning of a session, or can it be revisited as the membership changes?
Is there a way to use the self-destructive incompetence of the GOP leadership against itself? Could Democrats turn this ship around by asserting their new majority and using it to remove the current administration from power?
What immediate emergency steps could the federal government take if the Democrats were to retake a majority in the Senate?