This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor to accomplish 2 things. First, he wanted to get Democrats to agree to passing positive legislation like National Defense Authorization Act and ratifying the USMCA trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Sen. McConnell’s ‘other’ goal this morning was to shame Democrats, starting with Nancy Pelosi, for their obsession with impeachment.

We want to pass the USMCA and the 176,000 new American jobs it would create. But Speaker Pelosi continues to block it. The far left objects to their passing anything the president likes. We want to pass a conference report for the NDAA, critical legislation for our national defense. Congress has passed a bipartisan NDAA every single year since 1961. But now it’s another casualty of the impeachment obsession. House Democrats steamrolled Republicans in order to pass a wholly partisan bill. I believe this may be the first time ever that either chamber has passed a purely partisan NDAA. Now they’re stalling the conference committee and jeopardizing the whole process.

And we want to pass the defense funding bill that our Democratic colleagues have now filibustered twice, so that our servicemembers and commanders get what they need. Back in the summer, the Republican and Democrat leaders in the House and the Senate all signed onto an agreement with President Trump. A bicameral, bipartisan agreement. Everybody signed it.

We brokered this deal to make sure the appropriations process did not get bogged down with bickering over other policy issues. All sides agreed to keep poison pills out so that government funding could move forward. But just a few months later, our Democratic colleagues are now insisting on the exact kinds of poison pills they foreswore.

Good faith negotiations are in short supply, especially from the Democrats’ side. It’s apparent that that’s the problem since both sides reached an agreement this summer. Senate Republicans have stuck to that agreement. Democrats haven’t.

In short, my friends in Democratic leadership smelled an opportunity to pick a political fight. Our servicemembers need their funding. American workers and small businesses need their new trade deal. Our armed forces need the authorizing legislation that has been a bipartisan slam-dunk every year for almost sixty years.

It’s apparent that Pelosi isn’t interested in bipartisanship. She’s as partisan as Adam Schiff, AOC + 3 or Chuck Schumer. That’s why she needs to get bounced from the Speaker’s office. Pelosi’s Democrats consistently put partisanship over patriotism.

Sen. McConnell is right about this:

We cannot cease all legislation just because Democrats would rather fight with this president. We won’t neglect the business of the American people just because a House committee is holding some public hearing. If they are going to keep plowing ahead with their impeachment obsession, they cannot abdicate their basic governing responsibilities at the same time.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Leave a Reply