Senate Democrats Have The Upper Hand And They Are About To Make Mitch McConnell Pay


Senate Democrats are getting ready to fire up the filibuster and make Mitch McConnell’s life miserable, as they are determined to make the Senate Majority Leader pay for trying to bully them into accepting the unpopular Republican agenda.

Politico reported:

Minority Leader Harry Reid foreshadowed the shift recently with vows to essentially shut down the appropriations process and block highway and defense bills unless Republicans move markedly to the left. With deadlines looming on several must-pass bills, the stage is set for brinkmanship that could last through the summer and into the thick of the 2016 presidential primary season.

Democrats believe they have the upper hand after Republicans allowed government surveillance authorities to temporarily expire last week, stoking criticism of McConnell’s stewardship of the Senate. The mood in the chamber has turned more antagonistic over the past week, as Reid and McConnell have mixed it up on the Senate floor over who controls the agenda and which party is being more obstructionist.


Now, the big-ticket accomplishments of 2015 may soon give way to a similar paralysis, as Congress cruises into a series of fights in which congressional Democrats’ leverage lies mainly in their power to filibuster. Reid has called a national defense authorization bill that Republicans are pushing a “waste of time” because the White House has promised to veto it and pledged to block Republican spending bills and an extension of highway funding unless Republicans agree to fund Democratic spending programs and provide long-term certainty in the transportation budget.

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Part of Mitch McConnell’s plan for running the Senate has always involved using the budget process to force Democrats, including President Obama, to accept the Republican agenda. The first sign that his plan was not working was Democratic opposition to the Republican passed budget. A more concrete omen of trouble ahead for McConnell was the President’s threat to veto every appropriations bill that used sequester cuts to set funding levels.

Sen. McConnell is boxed in. If President Obama vetoes the appropriations bills, Senate Democrats have more than enough votes to sustain his vetoes. The battle over funding the government is expected to grind the Senate to a halt, and consume the entire summer.

On the Senate floor last week, Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) accused McConnell of governing crisis to crisis, “How many more of these manufactured crises must the American people endure? How many more times will the Majority Leader is let another vital program lapse, regardless of the harm it does? It is imperative that Republicans not continue their assault on job creation in America.”

Mitch McConnell is trying to set the stage for a Republican president while making the argument for Republicans keeping the Senate in the 2016 election. McConnell is under intense pressure to pass major legislation, but so far, the legislation that McConnell has passed means more inside the Beltway than it does to the rest of the country.

The result of the McConnell caused chaos could be a government shutdown. Senate Democrats and the President are demanding that McConnell and Republicans move left on the appropriations bills. If Republicans provoke a shutdown by refusing to compromise, it could signal the end of Republican control of the Senate.

A major battle that will shape the landscape of the 2016 election future control of the Senate is taking shape, and Democrats are determined to make Mitch McConnell pay.

24 Replies to “Senate Democrats Have The Upper Hand And They Are About To Make Mitch McConnell Pay”

  1. “Minority Leader Harry Reid foreshadowed the shift recently with vows to essentially shut down…”

    Let’s not be Republicans about this. Make them pay by making then work with you to take care of the country’s business.

  2. Then let the government shutdown.

    Better the immediate consequence in the here and now that is obvious, than the unobserved slow death that would occur if Republicans are allowed to sabotage America in the long term.

    Remain Steadfast Democrats!

  3. If there is ever another repub president, I want the dems treat that Republican president with the same respect that the Republicans have treated the first African American president of this country. Which is to say, none.

  4. Totally agree…..but they won’t. The last shut down was marketed to cost the economy a ton of money! I’m unclear what persons or individuals it affected.

  5. It seems as if we didn’t learn anything in the last six years. Dems are proud that we are going to do exactly what we’ve been complaining that Reps have been doing, but somehow it’s okay because we’re “in the right?” Obstructionism is obstructionism. If you are going to have policy fights, then have policy fights; but essentially shutting down all functioning of the government in a broad-scale pissing match is the wrong answer.

    Further, there are more important items that should be on the agenda, like the judicial nominees that McConnell is holding hostage. Making those a priority will have a much broader, longer-term effect on the nation and our future than some short-sighted spending bills.

  6. “If Republicans provoke a shutdown by refusing to compromise, it could signal the end of Republican control of the Senate.”

    Only in our dreams. Too many our voters are dumb, lazy, and/or not paying attention. After all of the GOP’s obstruction throughout PBO’s time in office voters should have come out in mass in 2010 and 2014 to vote for Democrats to pass legislation to increase the minimum wage; infrastructure; equal pay for women; a new and improved Voting Rights Act, etc. However, what our voters did instead was stay home and play with their iPhones. Now we have a Koch-owned Senate, House, and numerous state legislatures across the country. After the partial government shutdown in 2013, I was somewhat hopeful that the Dems could take back the House and gain more seats in the Senate in 2014. Well, we know how that movie ended.

  7. …giving the Turtlemann a heapin’ spoonfull o’ his own medicine…bet he don’t think it’s so sweet now…

  8. Where was their determination to make the Rethugs pay when they were trying to fast track TPP? They want everyone to forget they helped the Rethugs move fast track. Sell outs and bullshit kabuki theater.

  9. “Short term spending bills”: A republican model of cutting spending is to cut out most of the population. It really depends on whether you are being ‘cut out’ or not, doesn’t it? There is no ‘short term’ for the republicans.

  10. Boehner can’t even get control of his own House. He’d sooner throw McConnell under the bus where he belongs.

  11. I disagree. The Democrats should show the President the honor due his/her position as President of the United States. To do otherwise is to disparage the country for which the President stands. The Democrats should point that out and thus put the Republicans in their place, but not insult the President.

  12. Perhaps Minority Leader Reid should include Senate approval of circuit court judge candidates in with his demand that “Republicans agree to fund Democratic spending programs and provide long-term certainty in the transportation budget.”

    Might as well go for the whole enchilada.

  13. Although I would like to see the government working in a constructive way, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. So anything that makes McConnells life seem like a terminal migraine, works for me. Long may he suffer from the lesson he seems to have taught so well!

  14. Agreed.

    But nonetheless, Republicans will expect nothing less than total adulation for theirs, and anything less is labeled as being unpatriotic.

    Example: W. Bu$h.

  15. Its time for the weasel disguised as a turtle to do something for people instead of something to them.

  16. What needs to be done loud and clear is demonstrate to the American people the how,what and why of the policies being pushed by the GOP. Every Democratic Party member should be clearly bringing out the damage each one of the GOP policies has and will continue to cost pain to Average Americans. The Democratic Party members need to work on pushing their messaging.

  17. liz44 all I can say is. give them the exact treatment handed to Pres Obama. The thugs have done nothing but make remarks, insinuations, and been downright nasty. It is about time the thugs had the same given to them. There was a time, when the Senate and House were respectable institutions, working together for the good of our nation. No longer, this has changed, by the hands of the thugs. Time to give back!!!! They need a reality check quick!

  18. Tell me, besides the 47 and their letter to Iran, should GOP Congress be held accountable for their last 6 years of swearing oath to the constituion and committing sedicious conspiracy against the USA and our President!!?
    U.S. Code› Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2384
    18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy
    Current through Pub. L. 113-185. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

    US Code
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    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years,…

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