This evening, in uncharacteristic fashion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put aside his normally calm demeanor and rose in anger when the Democratic Party members of the Senate secured enough votes to stop a Senate Stimulus Package Bill with a vote of 47-47.
“So at a time when the country is crying out for bipartisanship and cooperation, and we saw that over the last forty eight hours when regular members of the Senate, not in the leadership office, not in the Speaker’s Office, she is the Speaker of the House, not the Speaker of the Senate, we don’t have one. We were doing just fine until that intervention,” declared McConnell.
“So I want the American people to fully understand what is going on here. The markets are already reacting to this outrageous nonsense. We have an obligation to the American people to deal with this emergency and to deal with it tomorrow, and if we don’t I want everyone to understand that I have conspicuously avoided turning this into any kind of partisan effort for two days, but it is pretty clear what is going on here…hopefully some adults will show up on the other side of the room that understand the gravity of the situation.”
Senator McConnell finished his fiery remarks by challenging the Democrats in the Senate to “Step Up”.
While the Republicans normally hold a fifty three seat majority, five GOP Senators were not available to vote as they are in self quarantine due to concerns about the Chinese Virus pandemic.
Further negotiations and a possible secondary vote are scheduled for Monday.
SCOTUS Denies House Dems, Hands Trump Another Victory in Battle Against Fake Russia Probe
Democrats in the House of Representatives had their request to see previously unreleased documents from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into wither there was collaboration between Russia and the Trump administration denied Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Originally in 2019 the House Democrats requested the sealed documentations from the Mueller probe, which includes grand jury testimony, as they prepared for the impeachment hearings and proceedings against President Trump. The Democrats have suggested that the grand jury materials could reveal new misconduct that could potentially form the basis of new articles of impeachment.In March of this year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with the the Democrat lead House Judiciary Committee and called for the release of the documents.
In response to the demand both the White House and the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to block access to the documentation.
In a brief to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco alleged that the Democrat majority Congress had no need to see the documents since President Trump had already been impeached and acquitted. Francisco also noted that no indication had been provided by the House Judiciary Committee or the House of Representatives that another impeachment would be happening in the future.
The high court’s action will keep the documents out of congressional hands at least until the case is resolved, which is not likely to happen before 2021. The delay is a victory for President Trump, who also is mounting a court fight against congressional efforts to obtain his banking and other financial records. Those cases are expected to be decided in the coming days or weeks.
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