Oh Tim….did you really think you’d get that through?
Not on Mitch McConnell’s watch!
While we haven’t always been huge Mitch McConnell fans here at WeLoveTrump, we have to admit he’s made some good moves recently.
And this one was another huge win, stopping Tim Kaine’s plan dead in it’s tracks.
As our friends at MAGAvoter explain:
In a move on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied an effort spearheaded by Democrat Tim Kaine to force a reopening of the federal government, without providing funding for President Trump’s border wall.
Blocking the legislation, McConnell made it clear that any bill relating to funding of the government will be blocked until Democrats, bound to the political whims of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, negotiate with the president regarding his plans to bolster border security.
“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,” said McConnell, echoing sentiments of fellow Republicans as the shutdown continues.
While Democrats appear to remain loosely united behind Speaker Pelosi’s vows to oppose any and all increases to security measures along the US-Mexico border, as the shutdown nears its fourth complete week, the party shows signs of buckling under the pressure.
After cancelling President Trump’s planned State of the Union address on Wednesday, the president responded by cancelling Pelosi’s overseas trip, citing the need to end the shutdown first.
The Hill had more details:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the shutdown fight. But McConnell objected.
The Senate GOP leader didn’t explain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it’s the product of an agreement between congressional Democratic leadership and President Trump.
"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 when he blocked a House bill as well as a piece of legislation to fund DHS through Feb. 8.
This marks the third time that McConnell has blocked House-passed government funding bills in the past two weeks. Under Senate rules, any senator can ask for consent to vote on or pass a bill, but any senator can object.
Roughly a quarter of the government has been shut down since Dec. 22, forcing roughly 800,000 federal employees to work without pay or be furloughed.
Thursday marks the 27th day of the partial shutdown with no obvious path to a quick end to the funding fight.
Talks between President Trump and congressional Democratic leadership derailed after a White House meeting last week. The president left after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she wouldn't negotiate on the border wall even if the president fully reopened the government.
Tensions further escalated this week with Pelosi asking to postpone the Jan. 29 State of the Union speech and the president, in retaliation, cancelling a foreign policy trip she had planned.
Vice President Pence and the president's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner met with McConnell shortly after the floor drama on Thursday evening, but the GOP leader indicated they had not reached an agreement during their talks.
"We're still obviously discussing the situation and if I have any news to make, I'll let you know," McConnell told reporters.
The Senate passed a stopgap bill late last year by a voice vote, but it was rejected by the White House because it didn’t include extra border money.
Trump is demanding more than $5 billion for his signature wall. Democratic leadership has pointed to $1.3 billion as their cap and argued that it must go to fencing.
Democrats are trying to build pressure on McConnell to move government funding legislation even without Trump's blessing, something members of GOP leadership say is not going to happen.
But Kaine, whose state has a large population of federal workers, will force the Senate to be in session on Friday and Saturday. The Senate will also be in session Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, though senators say votes currently aren't scheduled.
Kaine is planning to ask for consent to pass the House package to reopen the government on each of the days, except Saturday. The move will force McConnell or another GOP senator to be on hand to object.
"The first level of illogic we are in is we are punishing the workers and citizens who need services completely unconnected with the border and immigration reform issue," Kaine said on Thursday, about his request to move the package unrelated to DHS funding.
Thank you Mitch!
Please keep up the good work!
President Trump could really use you as a great ally!
Trump, Graham, McConnell, Cruz.....the team is starting to come together, isn't it?
Keep it up fellas!
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