Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two government funding bills that had passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, due to the fact that they did not meet the Republican majority leader’s criteria, according to The Hill.
“Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), surrounded by roughly two dozen of their Senate Democratic colleagues, tried to get consent to bring up a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 8, as well as a separate package that would fund the remaining agencies without current-year appropriations through Sept. 30,” The Hill reported.
According to McConnell, “The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless — absolutely pointless — show votes back and forth across the aisle,” the majority leader said.
The Hill reported that under Senate rules, a senator can try to force a vote or pass a bill, but it can be blocked by another senator.
Democrats are currently attempting to pass House bills that would impact the government shutdown, which is currently in its 20th week.
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Trump left Washington D.C. for Texas on Thursday to view the border first hand, and speak with border patrol authorities. He has also encouraged Democrats to come to an understanding with their fellow lawmakers on the issue of funding the border wall.
“There is GREAT unity with the Republicans in the House and Senate, despite the Fake News Media working in overdrive to make the story look otherwise. The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give ‘Trump’ another one of many wins!” the president tweeted.
There is GREAT unity with the Republicans in the House and Senate, despite the Fake News Media working in overdrive to make the story look otherwise. The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give “Trump” another one of many wins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
Along with his own opinions, the president has been tweeting some of the reasons for his desire to put up a border wall, including statistics on narcotics which have been stopped at the border, and criminals arrested while attempting to enter the United States.
Did you know:
At our Southern Border, in 2018:
1.7 MILLION pounds of narcotics were seized
17,000 criminals were arrested
6,000 gang members—including violent MS-13 Animals—were apprehended
Protect America – BUILD THE WALL
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 9, 2019