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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:52 PM

McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP

Source: Associated Press

McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP

By LISA MASCARO and KEVIN FREKING
December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Grassley has spent years working to build a coalition around the bill and is pushing for a year-end vote. Grassley says more than two-thirds of the Senate supports it. But McConnell is refusing to bring the legislation forward in a standoff that’s dividing the Republican majority and putting President Donald Trump on the spot.

“We’ve done what needs to be done,” Grassley said about the overwhelming support for the bill. “So what’s holding it up?”

For the 85-year-old chairman of the Judiciary Committee, this is not the way Senate is supposed to operate. Grassley was expecting some deference from McConnell after delivering on Trump’s judicial nominees — including two now on the Supreme Court. Trump backs the criminal justice bill, too, but McConnell says it’s divisive. His reluctance to take up Grassley’s priority shows the limits of the Senate’s old-fashioned customs in an era of heightened partisan politics.

“What’s so irritating about this is, first of all, he and I have been hand-in-glove working to get the judiciary vacancies filled,” Grassley told Iowa reporters.

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Reply McConnell blocks sentencing bill, upsetting Grassley, GOP (Original post)
Eugene Dec 2018 OP
Autumn Dec 2018 #1
nykym Dec 2018 #2
cilla4progress Dec 2018 #3
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Hassler Dec 2018 #5
The Genealogist Dec 2018 #6

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:54 PM

1. Grassley is shocked the fucking rattlesnake bit him?

Fuck them both.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:59 PM

2. The bill would not be good

for McConnell’s when he's dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 05:00 PM

3. Another R

past his pull date.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 05:01 PM

4. Well, Chucky, why not reverse the screw? Remove Turtle from the Majority Leader job. nt

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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 05:08 PM

5. Get-off-my-Grassley sounds confused.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 05:12 PM

6. Oh my...All the sadz.

I love it when they get all testy at each other. Question I have is whether we will hear the breathless reports of REPUBLICANS IN DISARRAY from the MSM

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