"If you ever find yourself struggling to explain to a foreign friend why the U.S. Congress is so universally reviled, look no further than this bit of political cowardice.
In an explosive report by The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office freely and openly admitted that his party's legislative goal for the next 11 months is to do absolutely nothing.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seeking to protect his majority in a tough cycle for Republicans, is leaning toward holding back several measures that have bipartisan support but are divisive in his conference."
Some of these "divisive" bills that Republicans want to shove under the rug until they win their re-elections? A crucial justice reform bill. A long sought after authorization bill to combat ISIS. (Remember when Republicans said they were serious about fighting terrorism? Ha!) A minimum wage increase? Any action on immigration? Nothing. They'll show up to their office to collect their paychecks, hold a few fundraisers, but don't expect them to do their jobs. Not this year.
Astoundingly, McConnell's "Do Nothing" strategy is being praised by fellow Republicans. Here's The Hill again:
"McConnell is smart to wait on issues that divide us until such time as we can achieve a consensus," said a senior Republican aide. "There's no question that some members want to turn to some things sooner than others. But McConnell's duty is to do what's best for the entire conference."
eye'm thynkin': No, Mr. McConnell's duty is not only to his Republican conference. His duty is to serve all Americans--and that means allowing Democrats to participate in the democratic process of governing the country.
Shortly after President Obama won the White House in 2008, Mitch McConnell stood before the media and said, "We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us." In the same, interview, he said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
Well, Mitch, I'm going to be honest with you. U.S. elections are about the people. And right now, this people thinks one important thing she wants to achieve is to make Mitch McConnell a one-term Senate Majority Leader.
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