In a historic milestone, Vice President Kamala Harris has matched a record that stood for nearly 191 years.
Her tiebreaking votes in the Senate have equaled those of John C. Calhoun, a prominent figure from the early 18th century.
On Wednesday, Harris cast her 31st tiebreaking vote in favor of advancing the nomination of Kalpana Kotagal to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Calhoun, who served as vice president between 1825 and 1832, set the previous record. However, Harris achieved this feat in just two and a half years, reflecting the polarized and closely divided Senate of our time.
Harris' tiebreaking role has had significant implications for the Biden administration's legislative agenda. From COVID-19 relief measures to key nominations, her votes have shaped historic bills and brought balance to the federal bench
Unlike Calhoun, who served during a less polarized era, Harris navigated the challenges of a divided Senate and changing filibuster rules. Her tiebreaking ability has been instrumental in advancing crucial priorities for the Democratic majority.
While Harris has tied Calhoun's record, her journey is far from over. With time left in her term and a closely divided Senate, she has the opportunity to surpass this historic milestone.
Vice President Kamala Harris continues to make history and shape the future. Stay tuned for more updates on her record-breaking journey