Cheney Discusses Senate Switch
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Dick Cheney was asked about prospects for the White House energy plan in the Senate ``now that they just shuffled the deck.″
He replied with a quip _ ``Shuffled the deck or stacked it?″ _ and then sought to minimize the impact of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’ shift that will put Democrats in control.
``The basic makeup of the Senate doesn’t change,″ Cheney said Friday. ``The votes are the same ... the same 100 senators there tomorrow that were there yesterday.″
Noting that a dozen Democrats joined Republicans to support the tax bill, Cheney said, ``There’s no reason why it has to be a blatantly partisan fight.″
But, he finally conceded, ``it would be easier if my friend Trent Lott (the Mississippi Republican) were the majority leader.″
``But that’s the breaks.″
Cheney commented in response to questions at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce energy conference.