McConnell Renews Import-Export Bank, Blocks Defunding Planned Parenthood and Kate’s Law
On Sunday Senate Majority leader Mictch McConnell (R-KY) renewed funding for the Export Import bank despite previous promises.
Then McConnell blocked defunding Planned Parenthood and Kate’s Law.
Top priority right now of Senate GOP establishment is reauthorizing an obscure corporate welfare program. Can you get any more out of touch?
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 26, 2015
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never been a favorite of conservatives. Those who see him as a “squishy” compromiser more interested in placating President Barack Obama and K Street lobbyists than the Republican base had more fuel tossed on that fire when he blocked amendments to the Highway Bill Tea Party members wholeheartedly support.
One amendment would defund Planned Parenthood, the nationwide abortion provider which receives more than a half billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies annually. McConnell has previously said he supports defunding Planned Parenthood, which was recently the subject of undercover sting videos in which executives with the organization can be heard discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies. But the leader blocked an amendment to the Highway Bill that would have defunded the organization.
McConnell used a tactic called “filling the tree,” made popular by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid when he was majority leader to block Republicans from being able to offer amendments to Democratic bills. “Filling the Tree” is when the allotted time for amendments is loaded by the leader, generally with small, insignificant measures favored by the majority leader, who controls the process, crowding out everyone else.
“Filling the tree” was roundly decried by Republicans when Democrats controlled the Senate because it blocked their ability to offer any amendments, popular on a bipartisan basis or not, to any legislation the Senate was considering. McConnell ran and was reelected to his Senate seat on returning the Senate to “regular order” after years of tight control and power consolidation under the Democrats. Now he is using the same tactic against his own party.
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So what does his silly standalone PP defunding bill accomplish? Nothing. It won't pass. It needs 60. As an amdt it only needed a majority.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 26, 2015
Actor Adam Baldwin nailed it.
McConnell Blocks Amdts for Kate’s Law, Defund PP; McCain blocks amdt arming Marines in recruiting posts. Why’s Trump resonating w/voters?
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) July 26, 2015