Republicans took control of the Virginia Senate on Wednesday afternoon when Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling cast a tie-breaking vote to give his party a majority in the equally divided chamber.

Democrats immediately fought back, but Republicans immediately rejected their request to evenly apportion committee seats and oversee them with co-chairmen.

Senators began arguing over the legality of Bolling’s vote, but Sen. Thomas Norment, the Republican leader in the Senate, said he would not engage in a constitutional debate on the floor.

“This is a violation of the Constitution of Virginia,” Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) said.

“I will not get into a constitutional debate with you on the floor of the Senate on this issue or any other issue,” Norment replied.