McConnell wakes up Nancy Pelosi to truth. Her plan was dead before it was written. Pelosi and other Democrats insisted they could end the shutdown by passing every bit of spending except DHS funding and would get it passed.
Then McConnell dropped a truth bomb on Pelosi. The Senate will not waste its time considering a bill the president won’t sign. That means things stay just as they are.
Unlike the House, nothing reaches the floor of the Senate unless the majority leader brings it to the floor and they do not have discharge petitions.
McConnell said the Senate won’t even consider legislation passed by the House Democrats this week because it won’t include border wall funding.
“Democrats will have to get serious about border security so that a government funding agreement can pass the House, earn 60 votes in the Senate, and receive a presidential signature,” McConnell said, adding, “All three of these things are needed. One partisan vote in the House won’t solve anything.”
“As I’ve said consistently for the last two weeks, the Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the President will not sign,” McConnell said.
Earlier Wednesday Chuck and Nancy emerged from the meeting with President Trump at the White House vowing to pass bills that will re-open the government and stiff the President on border wall funding.
“Tomorrow we will bring to the floor legislation that will open up government. It will be based on actions taken by the Republican Senate,” Pelosi said.
McConnell speaks on Senate floor on 12th day of partial shutdown: “We’re not interested in having show votes here in the Senate. We’re interested in bringing up something the House has passed, 60 senators will support, and the president will sign” https://t.co/kUtOArXNcu pic.twitter.com/Bxpr1DHdOv
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The Senate has reached an agreement to confirm more of the Administration’s well-qualified nominees. I’m glad these newly-confirmed nominees will be able to get to work on important business for the American people.
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