McConnell Holds the Line – Blocks House-Passed Bill to Reopen Government For SECOND TIME
It is day 25 of the partial government shutdown and McConnell is showing no signs of caving to the Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continued to hold the line Tuesday and blocked a House-passed bill to reopen the government for the second time.
Democrat Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) once again tried to bring a House-passed bill to the Senate floor that would reopen the government.
These are the same two Democrat Senators who asked for consent to take up votes on House-passed spending bills last week, and once again McConnell shot them down.
“The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues,” McConnell said Tuesday.
According to Senate rules, any Senator can try to force a vote, but any Senator can also block them.
McConnell blocking the Democrat Senators from forcing a vote reaffirms his commitment that he will not allow a vote on a Democrat bill that the President won’t sign.
Thank you, Leader McConnell!
McConnell blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats from the Senate floor Tuesday, accusing them of “engaging in increasingly acrobatic contortions in order to dodge a serious conversation” about the urgent border crisis.
My Democratic colleagues have an important choice to make. They could stand with common sense, with federal workers and with their own past voting records… or they could continue to complain from the sidelines as the Speaker refuses to negotiate with the White House. pic.twitter.com/7CKu7OlLmJ
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 15, 2019
On Tuesday, the House defeated an interim spending bill to fund government through February 1st. The vote required 2/3 vote for passage and the vote was 237-187 — SIX GOP lawmakers voted ‘yea.’
According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, the six GOP lawmakers who voted ‘yea’ are: Hurd-TX, Herrera-Beutler-WA, Stefanik-NY, Fitzpatrick-PA, Smith-NJ- and Katko-NY.
Hse defets interim spending bill to fund gov’t through Feb 1. The vote was 237 to 187. But required a two-thirds vote for passage.
With 424 voting, they needed 283 yeas. 6 GOPers voted yea. Hurd Herrera Beutler Stefanik Fitzpatrick SmithNJ Katko
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 15, 2019