There is a term often used in hockey, it’s called a “power play.” This means that one team gains an advantage in number of players on the ice because one or more players of the opposing team committed an infraction forcing that team to play shorthanded for a period of time. When this happens, it’s the perfect opportunity to score a goal.
When it comes to the US Senate, Republicans had the lead with a 52-48 majority. If there is a 50-50 vote, Vice-President Pence casts the tie-breaking vote by voting with the Republicans. This is often necessary because not all of the Republicans agree on crucial legislation.
Since Democratic Senator Menendez was temporarily removed from Senate, Republicans have picked up another numerical advantage over Democrats. Menendez is expected to stand trial for corruption, which is why he will be out of the game for awhile. Reports revealed:
“The judge in New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial denied multiple requests from the senator this week — a decision that could impede his ability to cast votes in the Senate and aid the Republicans’ efforts to pass legislation on President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Menendez’s defense team made three requests Tuesday in the corruption trial. One request was to postpone trial on the days when the Senate would be holding key votes so that the senator could attend and deliver his vote. Another was to explain to the jury why the senator would be gone on those voting days. A third was to delay the start of the trial until after the fall.”
It all comes down to whether or not Menendez will be convicted. If that happens, he would be on his way to prison and would have to vacate his seat, which would also help the Republicans. The report continued:
“Menendez faces 12 charges relating to accusations that he traded political favors for lavish gifts. He could face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted on all 12 charges. In addition, if Menendez is forced to abandon his Senate seat, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie would appoint his replacement, giving the GOP another vote.”
Source: The Sports Hall
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