Washington, DC- On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- SC) indicated that he would not hold a vote on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill during the lame duck congressional session, and would instead focus his efforts on confirming Circuit Court judicial nominees, angering Senators on both sides of the isle. On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) lashed out against the Majority leader, and indicated he would personally challenge McConnell for control of the Senate.
Mitch McConnell has demonstrated time and again that he is not fit for leadership. His decision to block a vote on the criminal justice reform bill, and to instead focus on judicial nominees is laughable. Thanks to Mitch’s feud with Senator Flake (R-AZ), there is absolutely zero chance these judicial nominees will be confirmed. Rather than voting on a popular piece of legislation, which has overwhelming, bipartisan support, both in the house and the senate, as well as the presidents backing, he’s just going to waste our time. I’m here to tell the American people that nobody in the Senate is happy about these obstructionist efforts,and we will not sit idle as Mitch McConnell continues to hold the legislative process hostage. As an American citizen, I take these actions personally and see them as an affront to the democratic process. Back in the days of my youth, when another man behaved in this manner, you fucking did something about it.