UPDATED 1:26 PM PT — Thursday, January 10, 2019
House-passed bills to reopen the government will not get a vote in the Senate after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two pieces of legislation.
McConnell made the decision Thursday on two Democrat-led bills — one of which would have funded the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, 2019 and the other which would have funded the remaining appropriations bills through September.
This comes after the House, with a new Democrat majority, passed a package last week to end the shut down, and also started passing several pieces of legislation this week.
Senate democrats tried to push McConnell to take up the legislation, but McConnell said the upper chamber will not participate in “show votes” and will not vote on anything that wouldn’t be signed by the president.
On the Senate floor, the Kentucky lawmaker said Democrats are hypocritical for their stance on border security, and claimed they are acting with political spite. He has accused Democrats of flip-flopping after claiming many of them supported a physical barrier on the southern border back in 2006
“So, let’s call it what it is — a flip-flop that is not based on principle or on evidence, but solely on the fact the President Trump is the occupant of the White House,” stated the Senate majority leaders.
McConnell went on to say partisan tantrums are no way to govern, and claimed Democrats should seek treatment for their allergies to border security.