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Navigating a 50-50 Senate: A Conversation with Former Senate Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott

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For just the third time in U.S. history, it is anticipated that the U.S. Senate will be evenly divided. With a global pandemic and its economic fallout still looming, and the necessity to quickly stand up the new Biden administration, a functional Senate is an imperative. While the vice president breaks voting ties under the Constitution, many serious questions remain as to how the Senate and its committees will operate day-to-day, with potentially enormous implications for the nation. Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, the last Senate leaders to govern a 50-50 chamber, will join BPC President Jason Grumet to provide an inside look at how they came to a power-sharing agreement to lead the country through challenging times—and how those lessons could be applied now.

Featured Participants

Tom Daschle
Former Senate Majority Leader; Co-Founder, BPC

Trent Lott
Former Senate Majority Leader; Senior Fellow, BPC

Moderated by:

Jason Grumet
President, BPC

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