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Kamala Harris breaks nearly 200-year-old record for tiebreaker votes

After casting her 32nd tiebreaking vote in the Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris broke a nearly 200-year-old record held by an outspoken defender of slavery.

Harris voted to advance the confirmation of a new federal judge in Washington, D.C. The former senator cast her 33rd vote later that day securing Loren AliKhan’s role as a U.S. District Court judge.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the 32nd vote a "great milestone" and presented Harris with a golden gavel. The vice president responded to the recognition saying she is "truly honored."

Casting tiebreaker votes are one of the few constitutional duties for vice presidents. Harris, the first Black woman in the role, has repeatedly had to break deadlocks between the Senate's closely divided Democrats and Republicans.

Harris has cast fewer tiebreaker voters in 2023 after Democrats added a single Senate seat late last year.

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