After Years Of Blocking Obama’s Nominees, McConnell Slams Dems’ ‘Historic Obstruction’

Mitch McConnell interview with AP Oct. 10, 2018
April 1, 2019 8:25 a.m.

Sen. Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote an op-ed in Politico Monday decrying Democrats’ “historic obstruction,” an accusation that won’t sit well with liberals still furious about McConnell’s refusal to allow a vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

“Since January 2017, for the first time in memory, a minority has exploited procedure to systematically obstruct a President from staffing up his administration,” McConnell wrote. “This new, across-the-board obstruction is unfair to the President and, more importantly, to the American people.”

He continued that he is introducing a proposal to make it easier for Republicans to get President Donald Trump’s nominees approved by circumventing Democratic opposition.

“Our proposal would only reduce the time a minority can keep delaying lower-tier nominations after a majority has invoked cloture,” he wrote. “This would keep the Senate floor moving, saving time that is currently tied up in inoffensive nominations that senators don’t even really debate. And, at last, it would let President Trump fill important vacancies at a more reasonable pace.”

Read the full op-ed here.

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