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GOP senator admits his party isn't getting anything done: 'Zero. Zilch. Nada.'

Republicans control the Senate, but they’re refusing to actually do their jobs.

By Oliver Willis - May 23, 2019
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Sen. John Kennedy

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted that his party has “done nothing” in the Senate, highlighting his party’s refusal to even hold votes on popular legislation passed in the House.

“Other than the nominations, which are important, we have done nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada,” Kennedy said Wednesday during a speech on the floor of the Senate.

Kennedy noted that the GOP-controlled Senate has confirmed many right-wing judges, fulfilling one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s long-held goals to pack the courts, but that it isn’t enough.

“We need to do more,” Kennedy said.

There are over a hundred bills that have passed in the House since Democrats took over in January, but McConnell has refused to do his job and allow senators to vote on them.

He has ignored the millions of voters who back legislative priorities like fighting election corruption, ensuring paycheck fairness for women, and creating stronger background checks for gun purchases.

Instead, aside from pushing unqualified judges onto the courts, McConnell has preferred to hold show votes to attack Democrats on issues like climate change and abortion.

“Leader McConnell has turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier in May.

McConnell’s tactics have helped make him the most unpopular senator in America.

McConnell has been proud of his intransigence and has been campaigning for reelection by bragging about his partisan blockade. He has also promised that even if Trump loses reelection, he will continue to ignore the will of the people.

“If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate [in 2020], think of me as the Grim Reaper,” McConnell¬†told voters in Owensboro, Kentucky. “None of that stuff is going to pass.”

But McConnell isn’t waiting until 2020 to kill popular legislation. And at least one of his fellow Republicans in the Senate thinks it’s a bad idea.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.


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