It’s the month of October ahead of a presidential election, so you know what that means: Plenty of last minute pleas from members of Congress who are trying to keep their jobs.
The American electorate is hyperaware of every little move that our elected officials make at the moment, knowing that we will have the power to remove them from their posts in just a few weeks, should they choose to act on their own behalf instead of ours. They are public servants, after all, and they must be consistently reminded of this fact or else they’ll grow fat suckling on the teat of lobbyists and special interest groups.
Furthermore, they should be working for us, when we need it…not when they feel like it.
With 22 days left until we vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making moves designed to appease the electorate, again displaying his political savvy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he’s scheduling a procedural vote on a GOP COVID-19 relief bill next week, saying aid to hard-hit businesses shouldn’t be held up by gridlock involving other aid proposals.
The Kentucky Republican says the first item of Senate business when the chamber returns next Monday will be a procedural vote on a scaled-back aid bill. Democrats filibustered a GOP-drafted aid bill last month and recent talks on a larger deal between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fell apart this past weekend, probably for good.
The Bluegrass State Senator was able to drop a little dig at the Democrats while he was at it.
“Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They say anything short of their multi-trillion-dollar wish list, jammed with non-COVID-related demands, is ‘piecemeal’ and not worth doing,” McConnell said in a statement. “And she has worked hard to ensure that nothing is what American families get.”
Now we just have to hope that our elected officials understand just how important this is for them.
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