Mitch McConnell Just Brilliantly Trapped Dems In A Lose-Lose Situation
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just brilliantly trapped Democrats in a lose-lose situation.
The 2020 Democratic National Committee primary debates will take place on Wednesday and Thursday night this week.
Given several Democrats in the Senate are running for president, McConnell just set a trap: Show up in the Senate to vote or hit the presidential campaign trail.
McConnell is giving them the chance to either remain in Washington, D.C., this week to vote on key legislation or they can skip town and take part in the Democratic primary debates in Miami, Florida.
This is important because the Republican-controlled Senate is moving forward with a huge defense bill this week, which may also play a big role in President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.
Republicans are also trying to vote on and pass the military bill, which authorizes $750 billion in defense spending, before lawmakers leave town for the week long July 4 recess.
The Senate wants to pass the bill that will allocate $4.5 billion in spending to address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border before leaving town next week.
The GOP already has a 53-47 majority in the Senate.
So if a handful of Senate Democrats -- Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren -- aren't present this week to vote on the measures, it's all but guaranteed that they will pass.
McConnell also has not missed any opportunities to slam Democrats over missing votes in order to campaign for the 2020 election.
“Some of our Democratic friends need to go hit the presidential campaign trail. They can’t be here because they have to go campaign. Not one day but two. This week. They’re too busy to stay in the Senate and authorize the resources that our all-volunteer armed forces rely on,” McConnell said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has asked McConnell to delay the votes.
“Considering the gravity of the situation with Iran, Democrats believe the full Senate should be present to vote on the Udall amendment. Leader McConnell is no doubt aware that several members of this body will be absent this week for the Democratic presidential debates,” Schumer said.
But McConnell's not budging.
“I’m a little perplexed about the time out in the middle of the week related to an activity that has nothing to do with being a United States senator,” McConnell said in response to Schumer's desperate plea.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, predicted that Schumer would come to regret asking to delay the bill because of a presidential debate.
“To do something like that purely for political things, endanger our nation’s security, it just is something that’s pretty blatant. I think he’s going to, you know, regret that he used those words,” Inhofe said when asked about Schumer’s position.
McConnell's point is simple: there's a crisis at the border and Iran is provoking the U.S.
If Democrats would rather travel to Miami for the week to partake in the debates, then they can do that.
But the Senate is pushing ahead and voting on bills to address these critical threats facing the nation.