Yesterday, the GOP “voted” to retain both Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan as leaders of their respective chambers. I use the word “voted” lightly because the leadership elections will not formally be held until early next year when the next Congress is sworn in.
The two were “unanimously” chosen by way of a voice vote. This is interesting because voice votes are used to make sure constituents don’t know how their Representative or Senator voted on a certain issue.
After the vote, Conservative staffers ran right to the press and gave them the scoop: Ryan and McConnell do not have unanimous support and if they do not act accordingly, they will not have enough votes when the formal vote comes around.
At the heart of Donald Trump’s message was his promise to “Drain the Swamp.” His transition team took a major step towards realizing that dream yesterday by announcing that anyone who works in the Trump administration will have to agree to suspend all lobbying agreements and avoid lobbying for at least five years after leaving the administration. This is a big deal.
Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, has come out and declared that there will not be a vote on Donald Trump’s term limits proposal. Ever.
We the people need to make this abundantly clear. Either Congress gets on board and passes real Congressional term limits or the American people take it into their own hands and vote them out!
Do you want to know what Mitch McConnell just said when asked about his opposition to term limits?
He said, “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”
Can you believe the arrogance? No, being a Congressman or Senator from a solidly Republican state is not the same as having term limits.
Mitch McConnell has been in office for over 31 years. Think about that, for a second. What new ideas has he brought to the table?
Just take the decline in American manufacturing as an example. Mitch McConnell has been in Washington for the ENTIRETY of the US manufacturing decline. He’s been there while Americans have watched their jobs shipped overseas. Mitch McConnell, himself, voted for the provisions that accelerated, if not caused, these job losses.
The Rust Belt in the Midwest gave Trump this victory. They voted for a Republican President for the first time since the 80s because of Trump’s jobs message. The only reason this area is even called the Rust Belt, and not the Steel Belt or Iron Belt, is because of the economic policies championed by career politicians like Mitch McConnell.
I will say it again: What new ideas could someone who has been in office for three decades possibly bring to the table?
Yesterday, Paul Ryan had to cancel a vote because the GOP caucus was just minutes away from changing the House rules to allow for earmarks again. These are the amendments that allow Congressmen and Senators to give their donors kickbacks in budget bills. Ryan cancelled the vote because he recognized the hypocrisy of the caucus wearing their Make America Great Again hats while simultaneously voting to re-allow open corruption…
We are a few weeks out from the GOP leadership elections. The fact that McConnell and Ryan were both nominated by voice votes tells me that the support they have is far from unanimous. And they recognize this pressure. We cannot let-up now…
They won’t do the right thing on their own. It is up to us to demand it and hold their feet to the fire.