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House Dems Pass Far-Reaching Reform Bill. It’s Not Getting a Senate Vote.

The House passed an essentially meaningless bill on Friday, H.R. 1, with the full knowledge that it won’t receive a vote in the Senate.

By NTK Staff | 03.08.2019 @12:00pm
House Dems Pass Far-Reaching Reform Bill. It’s Not Getting a Senate Vote.

House Democrats are patting themselves on the back Friday morning for passing a sweeping government reform package, known as H.R. 1, that they knew would never see a vote in the Senate.

The bill, a 500-page behemoth containing “dozens of provisions favored by liberal advocacy groups, labor unions and other Democratic allies,” passed on a strictly party-line vote, 234-193.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) moved the legislation forward without any effort to coordinate with Senate Republicans, who control the upper chamber of Congress. As a result, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared on Wednesday that H.R. 1 would not receive a Senate floor vote.

When a reporter asked McConnell why, he said, “Because I get to decide what we vote on.”

“If Mitch McConnell is the immovable object, H.R. 1 is the unstoppable force,” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) told the Washington Post. “We’ll keep pushing on it.”

In the past, McConnell has blasted the components of H.R. 1 as unnecessary, unconstitutional, or unfair, according to the Post. So, his announcement about the bill’s Senate fate was not a surprise.

“This new House Democrat majority’s top priority is apparently assigning themselves an unprecedented level of control over how they get elected to Washington, D.C., along with how, where and what American citizens are allowed to say about it,” he said Tuesday. “More than anything else, Washington Democrats want a tighter grip on political debate and the operation of elections, nationwide.”

It’s not clear what, if anything, House Democrats will do to actually make this legislation palatable to Senate Republicans.

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