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I don’t think ole Mitch gets enough blame for his misdeeds. This is a savage opinion piece from Esquire that made me say, yep, that’s right:

“There simply is no more loathsome creature walking the political landscape than the Majority Leader of the United States Senate. You have to go back to McCarthy or McCarran to find a Senate leader who did so much damage to democratic norms and principles than this yokel from Kentucky. Trump is bad enough, but he's just a jumped-up real-estate crook who's in over his head. McConnell is a career politician who knows full well what he's doing to democratic government and is doing it anyway because it gives him power, and it gives the rest of us a wingnut federal judiciary for the next 30 years. There is nothing that this president* can do that threatens McConnell's power as much as it threatens the survival of the republic, and that's where we are.”

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25956710/mitch-mcconnell-op-ed-voting-bill-democrats/
 

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Yet again not allowing the bill to come to the floor for a vote. The exact same bill the senate passed unanimously before Christmas
 

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A few years ago I thought nobody could possibly be worse than Boehner. I was wrong.
 

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Yet again not allowing the bill to come to the floor for a vote. The exact same bill the senate passed unanimously before Christmas
If you accept that McConnell is nothing but a hyper-partisan power player with no regard for democratic ideals and the intended function of the American government - which is pretty obviously correct - you can completely understand his position . He let it go to vote in December because Trump signaled he would sign it (before he got pushed to dig in by the pundits). Then, it was about avoiding a shutdown.

But now, it’s too risky for the party. If it goes to vote and doesn’t pass, the government would remain closed and GOP Senators would have to explain why they changed their vote, possibly resulting in some of the blame shifted to them. If it does pass and Trump acquiesces and signs it, it would reopen the government but be seen as a failure by the Trump base, while touted by the Democrats as a victory. Alternatively, if it passes and Trump vetoes it, it sets up a formal, on-the-record party split as senators had to chose between reopening the government and Trump. If the override fails, all that fallout over the divide in the party would have resulted in nothing but returning to the status quo. Or worse, the override succeeds and Trump is handed a very public and stinging loss that will no doubt harm him in 2020.

For us, the right thing for McConell to do is allow the system to function as intended - he’s cowardly shirking that responsibility. But to McConnell, where it’s all about his party maintaining as much control as possible, the only scenario that keeps the Senate majority in phase with the White House, and doesn’t raise significant risk of collateral damage, is to take no action. So that’s what he’s doing.

I don’t think the framers intended a single senator to control what even makes it to vote in the Senate. It is a tremendous power wholly unaddressed in the Constitution.
 

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The turtle is actually doing more damage to the Republic than Trump. Not only has he allowed the co-equal branch of government to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Inc. but he’s shameless in his partisan hackery with even less concern with traditional norms than Trump himself.

Neither side will do it, but it’s well past time for us to look at the procedures in the Senate and rework them to allow less control by the majority. The minority should have some power to at least force votes.
 

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I’ve never been more disgusted at the government than right now. Laws and policy are passed by congress and either signed or vetoed by the president. Not anymore. Bill was passed unanimously by the senate, then not taken up by the house because Ryan needed to slime his way out of congress with his head held high. In his opinion, backdooring a shutdown. Then the house comes back in session, passes the exact same bill that the senate passed, and now the turtle won’t even allow it for a vote because the far right wing loons got in Trumps ear and Mitch is nothing more than a party hack, putting trump and a minority of the party above the good of 800,000+ employees, but now starting to bleed into the hundreds of thousands of retail workers, companies, whatever that rely on those 800,000 spending their money.

The worst part of all is the almost gloating of Trump as he sits and screws up people’s lives. I so hope someone somewhere in Kentucky can use this to either primary Mitch or drive him out in the general.
 

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I’ve never been more disgusted at the government than right now. Laws and policy are passed by congress and either signed or vetoed by the president. Not anymore. Bill was passed unanimously by the senate, then not taken up by the house because Ryan needed to slime his way out of congress with his head held high. In his opinion, backdooring a shutdown. Then the house comes back in session, passes the exact same bill that the senate passed, and now the turtle won’t even allow it for a vote because the far right wing loons got in Trumps ear and Mitch is nothing more than a party hack, putting trump and a minority of the party above the good of 800,000+ employees, but now starting to bleed into the hundreds of thousands of retail workers, companies, whatever that rely on those 800,000 spending their money.

The worst part of all is the almost gloating of Trump as he sits and screws up people’s lives. I so hope someone somewhere in Kentucky can use this to either primary Mitch or drive him out in the general.
To be fair, they were just kicking the can until February, so they could go home for Christmas. Once that was gone, they really didn't seem to care if funding ran out. They just didn't want it to run out during Christmas. But, well, reasons..
 

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If the Senate passed it, and then the House passed the same bill, why does it have to go back to the Senate instead of going straight to the President's desk?
 

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If the Senate passed it, and then the House passed the same bill, why does it have to go back to the Senate instead of going straight to the President's desk?
I know the argument is that it is a different term, and thus a different group of senators, but that's nonsense. That doesn't work anywhere else in legal proceedings. Even if the approval was by the previous senators, that shouldn't matter, especially when the vote was 100 to 0, and there are only 9 new members, so at worst the new vote should be no worse than 91 to 9. In my opinion, by passing the legislation, the Senate has in effect made a contract to approve the bill. Perhaps there should be a law that the new Senate and House should have at least 30 business days to vote on bills that were passed by the previous congress, once passed by the other house of congress, and if they don't vote on it, then it should be considered defacto concurrence on the previous vote; particularly if the previous vote was by a super majority, and the turnover could not change the result. That would make things more efficient, and still fair to the new congress.
 
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