Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went “nuclear” this week; amending federal rules to reduce “debate time” on presidential nominees and advance President Trump’s picks to join the nation’s courts and other top posts.
“The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately paves the way to expedite confirmations of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch picks and comes amid deep GOP frustration with Democrats’ delays. Future presidents will benefit, too, though McConnell and Trump stand to gain inordinately as they seek to fill 130 District Court vacancies during the 18 months before the 2020 elections,” reports Politico.
“The nuclear option — a change of the Senate rules by a simple majority — gained its name because it was seen as an explosive maneuver that would leave political fallout for some time to come,” adds the article.
Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the move Wednesday; accusing McConnell of “debasing” the Senate.
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BOOKER GOES BERSERK: McConnell Suggests ‘ETHICS INQUIRY’ over Cory’s ‘Unusual Behavior’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighed-in on Sen. Cory Booker’s “unusual behavior” during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings this week; saying he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there was an ethics inquiry into his bizarre antics.
McConnell was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt when he was asked to comment on Booker’s repeated assertions that he was “breaking the rules” by intentionally leaking Kavanaugh’s confidential emails.
“When you break the Senate rules, it’s something the Ethics Committee could take a look at. And that would be up to them to decide. But it’s routinely looked at [by] the Ethics Committee,” McConnell said. “They have an obligation to look into violations of the Senate rules, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.”
Booker fired-back at McConnell over the possible ethics investigation, telling the leading Republican to “bring it!”
“I have really two words to say to Mitch McConnell if he wants to do ethics charges — bring it!” he said.
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DAY OF RECKONING: Mitch McConnell to Put ‘Green New Deal’ to Full Senate Vote Tuesday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put the Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’ to a full Senate vote Tuesday; forcing liberal lawmakers to go on record regarding the massive federal spending proposal.
“I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the “Green New Deal”: a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy,” tweeted McConnell Monday evening.
I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the “Green New Deal”: a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 25, 2019
‘Green New Deal’ author Rep. Ocasio-Cortez slammed McConnell’s vote earlier this week, saying “Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for.”
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