McConnell Stops House From Reopening Government

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.

“The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless — absolutely pointless — show votes back and forth across the aisle,” McConnell said. 

Under Senate rules, any senator can try to force a vote or pass a bill, but any one senator can block them.

The attempt by Democrats to pass the House bills comes as the partial government shutdown, which is impacting roughly a quarter of the federal government and is in its 20th day, is poised to break a record this weekend as the longest shutdown ever.

Talks between congressional leadership and President Trump appear to have derailed, with Trump walking out of a White House meeting on Wednesday. 

McConnell has pledged that he will not bring up a bill that Trump doesn’t support. 


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  • Mark Paulson
    Posted January 12, 2019 1:14 am 0Likes

    You Are some very very selfish over paid ASSHOLES that have lost your priorities to your political allies. Screw the American base, vote d (t) ump lines. Face it n try to fix it. D (t)ump has worn out his tv drama show n is in the biggest fight for his lieing ass career. Get some spine n stand up you bunch of PUSSIES , the GOP ARE A MAJOR PART OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, SO START COUNTING YOUR VOTES N RUN OUR COUNTRY.

  • ronal rocco
    Posted January 12, 2019 11:33 am 0Likes

    Joe Biden is a weak candidate& too old to handle the rigors of the job.
    He is slow, boring and no ideas. Democrats
    are hurting for a qualified candidate & this is the “retiree” they select? It will never happen if they want to be competitive or keep up Dems losing streak. Fresh ideas with the power to get things done. Just not in this washed out unimpressive Dem. We don’t need another Obama do nothing candidate. More Dems will vote Trump, like you did. Dems no longer voting Democrat.
    Thanks for being honest.

    Posted January 12, 2019 5:40 pm 0Likes

    need to leave trump alone done more then the last three pres. if Hillary was pres. would be third – world country by now sold down the river for uranium she stole and sold to our enemies and other assenderies the crook

  • JoeyP
    Posted May 28, 2019 7:52 pm 0Likes

    Lets cut the “Show Boating” and get some MEANINGFUL legislation done. Thank you Mitch McConnell & Donald Trump for some REAL legislation and Real answers. Donald Trump (and his Allies) for 2020 . . .

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