House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have, according to McConnell, agreed on something for the first time in recent history when Pelosi solidified McConnell’s nickname of “the grim reaper.”
“She’s got it right,” McConnell said. “For the first time in my memory, I agree with Nancy Pelosi. I am indeed the grim reaper when it comes to socialist agenda that they’ve been ginning up in the House,” McConnell told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
McConnell isn’t shying away from the nickname, but rather taking it with pride if it means that he is putting a stop to what he calls a “socialist agenda” from the left.
“As long as I’m the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere,” he said.
The name for McConnell began to get air time near the end of April when Pelosi had harsh words for McConnell after he ignored several bills that were passed by the Democratic House and sent to the Senate, The Hill reported.
“The Republican Senate needs to wake up, and vote on these urgently needed bills immediately,” Pelosi said in a statement. “If they don’t like our bipartisan bills, then they can pass their own version and we can go to conference.”
Pelosi’s comments followed McConnell’s description of himself as the “Grim Reaper” for progressive policies, such as the Green New Deal.
“Leader McConnell has declared himself the ‘grim reaper’ of these House bills to make progress for working families. We will show him that these bills are alive and well with the American people. The middle class and America don’t want the Senate to be a legislative graveyard for so many of these important issues – they want action,” Pelosi said.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer also voiced his frustration with the Senate the same day, arguing that the Republican is turning the Senate into a “legislative graveyard.”
“Leader McConnell ought to allow debate and amendments immediately — which Democrats would welcome — on commonsense, House-passed bills on democracy reform, combating the gun violence epidemic, health care, and so much more,” Schumer said in a statement. “The Senate must once again become a legislative body that helps the American people, not a graveyard.”