- Jul 1, 2011
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- Lower Hudson Valley, NY
- Political Leaning
[h=1]McConnell blocks House bills to reopen government[/h]
[FONT="]Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday blocked two House-passed funding bills that would reopen the federal government.[/FONT]
[FONT="]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.[/FONT]
[FONT="]But McConnell objected, arguing they would be “show votes” and saying that he and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an "explicit commitment" to avoid such votes.
I am sure someone will come along and explain why it is the dems fault that McConnell is blocking these bills.