(WATCHDOG.ORG) RICHMOND, Va. — In what Republicans called “a Virginia version of Harry Reid’s nuclear option,” Democrats invoked new rules giving them control of all state Senate committees.
With Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam casting the tie-breaker Tuesday, the evenly split Senate was reorganized on a 21-20 vote.
Republicans branded it “a day of outrageous power grabs.” They maintained that the existing Senate rules and organization governed for a four-year term, coinciding with the Senate election cycle.
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