Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months

Dec 2006
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Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months
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Mitch McConnell keeps standing in the way of millions of Americans

Since January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prevented over 100 bills that have passed in the House from even coming up for a vote. His actions obstruct and ignore legislation that millions of Americans backed by electing a Democratic House majority in 2018.

"We have multiple, House-passed bills awaiting action. Leader McConnell need only call them up for debate. But instead, the legislative graveyard, where good legislation doesn’t even get debated or amended — let alone passed — is upon us," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Monday.

Senate Democrats noted last month that more than 100 bills passed by the House "are awaiting legislative action in the Senate."

A full 53% of votes cast in 2018 supported a Democratic agenda, versus 45.2% for Republicans. Democrats had a popular vote majority of more than 8.6 million votes, the most in 44 years (since right after Nixon resigned).

"The progressive agenda — ending pharma greed and making medicines affordable, ensuring students can graduate without debt, raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pockets of working families — delivered a Democratic majority to Congress," said Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a statement to Shareblue Media.

"If Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans continue to stonewall the progressive agenda at the behest of billionaires and special interests, they will pay a price at the polls next year."

The McConnell-engineered logjam includes popular legislation like H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," which included a number of anti-corruption measures, as well as enhanced rules and guidelines to increase voter participation.

The House also passed the "Paycheck Fairness Act," which makes it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination, as well as the "Background Checks Act," which protects children and families by expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Those bills all had support from Democrats and Republicans, yet McConnell has chosen to hold politically motivated show votes rather than take up bills with changes Americans want.

"It's a new level of spinelessness for Mitch McConnell and his Republican majority, refusing to even bring bills that Republicans and Democrats support to the Senate floor for debate," Stewart Boss, spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) told Shareblue.

McConnell is so devoted to opposing a progressive agenda that he has already promised to continue his blockade even if Trump loses the election in 2020.

McConnell's actions show a continued disconnect from American voters and a commitment to pursuing an agenda completely different from the one millions of people have made clear they stand by.

Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months
 
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Apr 2013
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He is, after all, the cornerstone of the whole "Party of No" thing.

I added the quotations because it looked like "Party of Nothing". But that would have been equally true, if not quite as topical.
 
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“There are going to be some areas where we disagree and, you know, I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate even after the House took over — Republicans took over the House.”
— Pres. Barack Obama, Dec. 17, 2014 NPR interview, video @ 7:03 to 7:19 (Released Dec. 29, 2014)[NPR transcript (PDF), highlight added].​
Tit for tat
 
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Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months
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Mitch McConnell keeps standing in the way of millions of Americans

Since January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prevented over 100 bills that have passed in the House from even coming up for a vote. His actions obstruct and ignore legislation that millions of Americans backed by electing a Democratic House majority in 2018.

"We have multiple, House-passed bills awaiting action. Leader McConnell need only call them up for debate. But instead, the legislative graveyard, where good legislation doesn’t even get debated or amended — let alone passed — is upon us," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Monday.

Senate Democrats noted last month that more than 100 bills passed by the House "are awaiting legislative action in the Senate."

A full 53% of votes cast in 2018 supported a Democratic agenda, versus 45.2% for Republicans. Democrats had a popular vote majority of more than 8.6 million votes, the most in 44 years (since right after Nixon resigned).

"The progressive agenda — ending pharma greed and making medicines affordable, ensuring students can graduate without debt, raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pockets of working families — delivered a Democratic majority to Congress," said Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a statement to Shareblue Media.

"If Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans continue to stonewall the progressive agenda at the behest of billionaires and special interests, they will pay a price at the polls next year."

The McConnell-engineered logjam includes popular legislation like H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," which included a number of anti-corruption measures, as well as enhanced rules and guidelines to increase voter participation.

The House also passed the "Paycheck Fairness Act," which makes it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination, as well as the "Background Checks Act," which protects children and families by expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Those bills all had support from Democrats and Republicans, yet McConnell has chosen to hold politically motivated show votes rather than take up bills with changes Americans want.

"It's a new level of spinelessness for Mitch McConnell and his Republican majority, refusing to even bring bills that Republicans and Democrats support to the Senate floor for debate," Stewart Boss, spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) told Shareblue.

McConnell is so devoted to opposing a progressive agenda that he has already promised to continue his blockade even if Trump loses the election in 2020.

McConnell's actions show a continued disconnect from American voters and a commitment to pursuing an agenda completely different from the one millions of people have made clear they stand by.

Mitch McConnell has blocked over 100 bills in just 4 months

When the Dems win back the Senate, conservatives aren’t going to like what’s going to happen in a very short period of time.

When they get really loud, we’ll just tell them

“Case closed”
 
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Wrong. President Zero was talking about the Democrat run Senate after the Republicans won the House in the 2010 midterms.

And I remember the Republicans in the house and in the discussion groups, being ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY livid about it !!! How dare the Dems in the Senate block our legislation. Including the 60 or 70 times they voted to repeal Obamacare !!! I also remember the very simple fact, the REPUBLICANS DOUBLED the old record for FILIBUSTERS !!!!!! And maintained that level every year until they retook both houses.

They actually went on the talk shows and STATED their strategy was to BLOCK anything and everything then BLAME the Dems for not getting anything done.
 

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