Breitbart.com reports that
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected President Donald Trump’s call to partially fund the border wall with a simple majority vote on Friday, suggesting not enough Senate Republicans support the measure.
President Trump called on McConnell to use the “nuclear option,” or switch to a simple majority vote in the Senate, to pass the continuing resolution (CR) that would partially fund the border wall. The House passed a CR last night that would fund $5.7 billion in border security.
“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our Country is counting on you!”
McConnell spokesman David Popp released a statement on Friday, contending that the Majority Leader continues to oppose going to a simple majority, or 51 votes, to partially fund the border wall. Popp said not enough Senate Republicans support the measure.
“The Leader has said for years that the votes are not there in the Conference to use the nuclear option. Just this morning, several senators put out statements confirming their opposition, and confirming that there is not a majority in the conference to go down that road.”
Retiring Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) all released statements on Friday, opposing the nuclear option to fund the wall.
“We have rules to follow. I want to put a stop to this practice of the Senate breaking its rules to change its rules,” Alexander said. “I will not vote to turn the Senate into a rule-breaking institution, and I hope that my colleagues will not.”
Not all Senate Republicans agree with the three retiring GOP lawmakers.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) tweeted after the House passed its spending bill with wall funding that the Senate can do the same if it went to a simple majority. Daines noted that McConnell went “nuclear” to confirm judges through Congress’ upper chamber.
“House just passed a bill that fully funds government and enables @realDonaldTrump to secure our border/build the wall. Senate can do same by eliminating the filibuster,” Daines charged. “51 votes, same as we do for judges!”
Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz suggested that Republicans can use arcane parliamentary procedures in the Senate to pass border wall funding with a simple majority, skipping the option of entirely “going nuclear.”
Horowitz said that Republicans can exploit Senate Rule XIX, otherwise known as the “the two-speech rule,” which would prevent individual senators from speaking “more than twice upon any one question in debate on the same legislative day.” In other words, this would force Democrats to continually filibuster throughout the same “legislative day” and eventually exhaust Senate Democrats.
…The editor said that these sort of hardball tactics enabled Democrats to pass the civil rights bills in the 1960’s.
Horowitz added, “Republicans with convictions should recognize that having sovereign borders is the civil rights issue for all Americans, rooted in the entire social compact underpinning our federal government.”
“Trump must remember that his entire presidency is on the line. This is his moment,” Horowitz charged. “He must use the bully pulpit and every constitutional tool at his disposal to finally force a national debate over the integrity of our own borders.”
That’s a good suggestion.
I have one, also.
“No Nuke” McConnell needs to start caring more about the feelings of the Deplorables than those of the Senate Democrats.
What we are witnessing, gentle readers, bears witness to the fact that the Professional Politicians representing the Republican Party and more importantly, the American Citizenry, in the Senate care more about playing pussy-foot with their fellow Professional Politicians in the Democratic Party than they do about our Nation’s Sovereignty.
As was demonstrated throughout the Republican Primaries and at the 2016 National Convention, there is a contingency of the Republican Hierarchy, as exemplified by the late John McCain, who seem to value their friendship with those “across the aisle” from them more than the opinions of “the folks back home”.
What “No Nuke” McConnell and the rest of the Vichy Republicans need to understand is that if they intentionally keep President Trump from fulfilling his promise of a wall across our Southern Border, not only will the Congressional phone lines burn up, the switchboard itself will implode.
The average Americans between the coasts who voted Trump into the Oval Office still stand with him, as exhibited by the overflow crowds at the MAGA Rallies during the Midterms.
The Republican Senators and Representatives, too, for that matter, who have buttered their bread in DC by being wishy-washy are all choosing to retire and leave town, rather than be run over by the Trump Train.
The Presidential Election of 2016 was not only a referendum on business as usual in DC’s Halls of Power, it could very well be a portent of things to come for “No Nuke” McConnell and the rest of the “Beltway Boys” if they screw the Deplorables (i.e., average Americans living in America’s Heartland) by not funding the wall on the Southern Border.
Let’s face it…if the Senate Republicans are going to act like a bunch of Democrats…why should they keep their jobs?
FUND THE WALL.
BUILD THE WALL.
Until He Comes,