Originally Posted by JoeMorgue
No, just no.
The 2 independents are Sanders and Angus King of Maine, both caucus with the Democrats making them count as Democrats for purposes of assigning Majority Leader.
The VP breaks the tie and it is critically important because the Majority Leader sets the calendar. Nothing can come up for a vote unless the Majority Leader allows it.
That's how McConnell blocked Merrick Garland's appointment to the SCOTUS.