Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Democrats of doing nothing but trying to impeach him since they took control of the House following the 2018 blue wave, but Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives has passed hundreds of meaningful bills.
As Ella Nilsen of Vox pointed out, “Trump may want to look to the Republican-controlled Senate instead” to see why virtually no legislation has advanced out of Congress to his desk.
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Democrats in the House have been passing bills at a rapid clip; as of November 15, the House has passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions. But the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee estimates 80 percent of those bill have hit a snag in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prioritizing confirming judges over passing bills.
Congress has passed just 70 bills into law this year. Granted, it still has one more year in its term, but the number pales in comparison to recent past sessions of Congress, which typically see 300-500 bills passed in two years (and that is even a diminished number from the 700-800 bills passed in the 1970s and 1980s).
R.I.P. another GOP impeachment talking point
Before and after impeachment, Senate Republicans have stood in the way of legislation that is widely supported by the American people, from tougher gun laws and campaign finance reform to election security bills and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Now, after Mitch McConnell is literally on tape bragging about being the grim reaper of Congress, Trump and the GOP are trying to convince the American people that it’s actually Democrats who have been doing nothing.
Of course, just like the other talking points that Republicans have been rifling through in recent months, this one is laughable.
Democrats have been able to skillfully walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to fulfilling their 2018 campaign promises and holding Donald Trump accountable for his impeachable conduct.
They have hundreds of bills to show for it.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.