McConnell Blocks Shutdown Bills
First reported by Thehill.com
- Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked two House bills aimed at funding and re-opening the federal government.
- The bills would have funded the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, but McConnell dismissed them as “show votes” that were “absolutely pointless”. The Kentucky Senator says he will not bring any bill to a vote unless it has White House support.
- The partial government shutdown is now in its 20th day and quickly approaching the longest shutdown ever.
- How much longer do you expect the shutdown to last?
- Does this make McConnell look bad?
- Will voters begin to blame him for the shutdown?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday blocked two House-passed funding bills that would reopen the federal government.
Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), surrounded by roughly two dozen of their Senate Democratic colleagues, tried to get consent to bring up a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 8, as well as a separate package that would fund the remaining agencies without current-year appropriations through Sept. 30.
But McConnell objected, arguing they would be “show votes” and saying that he and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an “explicit commitment” to avoid such votes.
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McConnell blocks House bills to reopen government
Folks, it's beginning to look like reopening the government isn't a top priority here https://t.co/qptVlVU9If
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“The reality is it’s a stalemate now and likely to be a stalemate for days ahead.”
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