Dick Cheney

VP tie-breaker vote shouldn't be used for SCOTUS nominee

VP tie-breaker vote shouldn't be used for SCOTUS nominee

Article I of the Constitution invests the vice president with the power to vote in the Senate on the occasion that the chamber’s votes are “equally divided.” The vice president’s power to do so is unchallenged and subject to no qualifications, but Vice President Michael Pence has exercised this power often and has shown a willingness to wield this power in new ways.

In less than two years in office, Mr. Pence has cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate nine times. His first vote came less than a month into the new administration and resulted in the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education. This vote represented the first time in the history of the Senate that a vice...

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