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Should McConnell Allow a Senate Vote on House-Passed Bills to Reopen Government?

Should the Senate take up the House-passed spending bills?

by Countable | Updated on 1.11.19

What’s the story?

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is blocking votes on House-passed funding bills that would reopen the federal government.
“The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless — absolutely pointless — show votes back and forth across the aisle,” McConnell said. 

What's the bottom line?

  • Both chambers of Congress spent the week voting on bills that have no immediate future until a deal on border security is reached. And they're looking ready to do the same next week.

What were in the bills passed by the House?

On January 3, the House passed two bills aimed at ending the shutdown:

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill to provide $23.6 Billion to Fund the Treasury, the Judiciary, Financial Regulators, and the Small Business Administration. (264)

On Thursday, the House passed:

Today, Friday, the House is expected to pass:

What are both sides saying?

  • In an interview with "All in with Chris Hayes," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said McConnell’s excuse for why he wouldn’t allow a floor vote was one of the “lamest” she’d heard.
"I think that is one of the lamest excuses I've heard from somebody who has the power to bring the House-passed bills to keep the government open, and who has had no reluctance to use those powers to force a vote on eliminating the Affordable Care Act for millions of people," Hirono said.
  • When the House bills were first announced, McConnell said “the Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign.”

What do you think?

Should McConnell allow the Senate to vote on the House-passed spending bills to reopen the government? Or is he right to avoid passing any legislation that the president won’t sign? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Virginia
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Senate should vote about reopening the government. This will drive a huge collapse of the middle class if something does not stop this. Do your job, reopen the government. You should not get paid if they don't get paid. Mcconnell should be pressured to take the vote!!!!

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  • Denise
    01/11/2019
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    Allow these votes to take place. That way we will know where each of our senators stand, either with the people that they work for or with their party. If the vote passes, the president has the option to veto. That's how it works, put the onerous on him.

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  • Donald
    Voted Maybe
    01/11/2019
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    Àll congressional leaders should lead and not obstruct the will of the electorate.

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  • Gopin2018
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    No votes on house bills until the requested funding for the wall is allocated, then and only then should McConnell allow a vote on those bills to reopen the government. #MAGA #Build the wall

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  • Carol
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    The current partial shutdown of our federal government is hurting average Americans, American businesses, and particularly our most vulnerable citizens. It is unconscionable for the U. S. senate to allow this impasse to continue. President Trump’s wall will not solve our immigration issues. The issues of illegal immigration require thoughtful open-minded discussions, plans, and legislation. The “Wall” is an absurd solution to a complicated issue. It is time for the senate to step in and end the damage being done to us by this president’s unreasonable tantrums. It is my hope that my senators will demonstrate leadership and help end this.

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  • Linda
    01/11/2019
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    Not calling a vote is abdicating the responsibility of the legislature to operate and protect its citizens. If the President does not agree with Congress, the Constitution provides for these types of disagreements without holding hundreds of thousands of employees hostage. It’s called “overriding a veto” should his ancient memory need tweaking. It is clearly time for Senator McConnell to become a private citizen again since he no longer seems to understand the tools provided and when to use them. It is sad to me that the President had so much concern for around 50,000 Carrier employees but none for more than 800,000.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    01/11/2019
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    No. Fund border security first. Only then do we end the partial shut down.

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  • Vincent
    Voted Maybe
    01/11/2019
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    It wouldn’t matter because they would be voted down!

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  • DocH1X1
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    This is so far from how democracy is intended. Our representatives are openly not representing the will of the people!

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  • Aharon
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    By not allowing the Senate to vote to reopen the government, Mitch McConnell is delaying a solution and deemphasizing the gravity of the current situation. If the Senate votes to pass the bill (which it seems is what Mr McConnell scared of) , it will send a very strong message to the president saying that even his own party is against his stupid tantrum for his ineffective wall.

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  • Jeff
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    The wall in unnessary. Open the government. Fund boarder security and walls where they are needed. Funding the whole wall is an idea to rouse up the base.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    ABSOLUTELY! That Sen. Mitch McConnell won’t allow a vote is cowardice. That the Senate has already left for their weekend is selfish. Get your butts back in, approve the House bill, without a single dollar in funding for the useless Wall. Should the Bozo-in-Chief Veto the bill, pass it with 2/3 vote. Y’all must educate #45 about the balance of power. If he has any questions after the bill is made into law, send #45 a copy of the Constitution!!

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  • Mary
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We want the government to function. No stupid wall. Ever. Please bring this to a vote. Open the government and debate what form border security should take LATER!

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  • Gerald
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    The Senate has already passed essentially the same bill proposed by the House. This appears to be yet another abuse of power by McConnell to further obstructionism in support of Trump and a slap in the face to most Americans.

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  • Carol
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Yes! McConnell, the obstructionist, needs to put these spending bills on the senate floor for a vote! They need a 2/3 yea vote to override the president's veto!!! Allowing this got shutdown without doing everything to get them back to work, is obscene!!! Trump says he relates but no way in hell can he relate! He can't even relate to other humans!!!!

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  • Paul
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    Whaddya scared of Mitch?

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  • Rachel
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    The Founding Fathers designed our government so that the branches are separate, and equal. They created a provision so that the executive branch could not hold the country hostage. By failing to hold a vote to pass spending legislation that would reopen the government, the Senate is failing in it's constitutional duties.

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    We are not a dictatorship, whether by Trump or McConnell. We have a balance of power that allows the people to have representatives who reflect their wishes. To deny a vote by our Senators disenfranchises us. Pass the house bills. Open the government. No wall.

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  • Hillary
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    The US needs a WORKING government. Blocking a vote for political reasons is simply holding US citizens and government workers hostage. Unacceptable. He, and all of them, are servants, NOT kings.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    IQ45 is💩 and the wall is stupid, but the shutdown continues BECAUSE OF THE GOP AND MITCH MCCONNELL. Remember folks, CONGRESS CAN OVERRIDE A VETO. Mitch is hiding praying this mess isn’t pinned to him, but the Senate can end this ANYTIME. As soon as Mitch does his job to put out the bills.

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  • Emily
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    It is the Senate’s job to vote. And they should hold votes promptly. Take reasonable time to debate the issue and then vote. The Senators represent their states, they don’t represent the president. They should hold a vote and vote according to their own principles. They should work with the house to develop a bipartisan option. If the president does not like it, he can veto the bill and congress can move forward with another bill or a vote to override. It makes no sense for the senate to be sheltering the president like this. They need to put the good of their constituents and our entire country ahead of the desires of one man, even if he is the president. It seems that Trump is very difficult to negotiate with because he says different things on different days. They need to go ahead and put bills in front of him that he can sign or veto and he can’t change his stance once he’s done that.

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  • ReJe
    Voted Yes
    01/11/2019
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    OPEN THE GOVERNMENT!! Allow the senate to vote on the bills already passed by the house!!! This is ridiculous!! Innocent citizens are suffering!!! C’mon man!

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