Senator McConnell Blocks House Bills
Two spending bills might have reopened government
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky blocked two House-passed spending bills that would have reopened the government if signed by President Trump.
One legislative piece would have funded the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, and a separate bill would fund the remaining agencies without current-year appropriations through the end of the government’s fiscal year, September 30.
Senator McConnell argued that any votes would strictly be “show votes.” He said, “The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless—absolutely pointless—votes back and forth across the aisle.”
The senator said he has pledged that he will not bring up any legislation that President Trump does not support.
- For Senator McConnell and members of the Senate as they wrestle with the government shutdown.
For the members of Congress and any future attempts they make to negotiate with the president to get the government reopened.