House Democrats are shifting their focus and making sure that the American people know that Mitch McConnell is blocking everything from healthcare to election security.
But the more visible push from top leaders has been to highlight McConnell’s blanket opposition to virtually every major bill the House has passed so far this year.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in April started calling McConnell’s Senate a “legislative graveyard” and has worked behind the scenes since then to build a messaging strategy focused on McConnell’s intransigence.
“It’s going to be a drumbeat that’s going to continue for months on the things that people care about,” said Rep. Colin Allred (D-Tex.), one of the freshmen. “I think we’re actually going to ramp up the pressure on the Senate to act on these things that are so reasonable that they’re hard to oppose.”
Mitch McConnell is getting the Nancy Pelosi treatment
For more than a decade, Republicans have used Nancy Pelosi to fearmonger to their voters in elections, but with Pelosi in power and McConnell blocking her popular agenda, it is the Senate Majority Leader who is now the face of everything that is wrong in Congress. House Democrats are correct. On issue after issue, House Democrats are passing legislation on everything from corruption to DACA, and McConnell is blocking them.
Mitch McConnell has built up years of ill will with voters who have seen him abuse his power first through obstruction during the Obama years, and now with open defiance of the will of the people under Trump.
The tables have turned. It is Mitch McConnell who is the poster child for the broken Senate, and Democrats are going to try to ride this argument to a total takeover of Congress in 2020.
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