Thursday, December 19, 2019

Democratic Senators are Tweeting Photos of the Giant Pile of 'Dead' House-Passed Bills on Mitch McConnell's Desk

By Blake Dodge On 12/18/19 at 1:45 PM EST

U.S. Senators are sharing photographs of the growing pile of bills passed by the House only to stymie on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's desk.

The stack, a symbolic replication of legislation McConnell refuses to bring to a vote, was reportedly the brain child of Senator Debbie Stabenow. According to her office, it includes more than 300 bills about voter registration, background checks for firearm sales, domestic violence, climate change, minimum wage increases and other issues.

The do-nothing strategy spearheaded by McConnell's office seems intentional, Democrats claim. Back in September, McConnell promised to be a "grim reaper" to any and all progressive legislation. But, as multiple Senators pointed out Wednesday, more than 275 of these "dead" bills cleared the House with bipartisan support.


One of the most significant bills to join the "graveyard" lately could be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's package to limit the cost of prescription drugs. Though it cleared the House with just two Republican backers last week, the bill has generated excitement and maybe even hope in the Capitol that lawmakers can deliver on soaring insulin and out of pocket costs before the 2020 election.

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