Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of colour to serve as Vice President of the United States, has matched the record for the most tie breaking votes in the U.S. Senate

With her 31st tie breaking vote, Harris advanced the nomination of Kalpana Kotagal to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The only other vice president to cast as many tiebreakers was John C. Calhoun, who served from 1825 to 1832

Harris reached this milestone in just two and a half years, contrasting Calhoun's accumulation of tiebreakers over eight years

Harris's achievement reflects the unique circumstances of a narrowly divided Senate and a sharply partisan atmosphere

The vice president's role as a tiebreaker is one of the few constitutional duties outlined in the Constitution

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schemer praised Harris for carrying out her responsibilities with excellence amidst the demands of her job

Harris's tie breaking role continued due to unexpected circumstances, such as the hospitalisations of Senators John Fetterman and Dianne Feinstein

Harris's tie breaking votes have allowed her to cast deciding votes on significant issues, including the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act

Despite the challenges and limitations, tie breaking votes associate Harris with important accomplishments of the Biden administration