The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Collins Fears Impeachment Will Impede McConnell’s Do-Nothing Senate

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) argued on Monday that the House impeachment inquiry would make the Senate even less productive than it already is.

Specifically, Collins claimed that such an inquiry could delay important pieces of legislation in the Senate, according to Maine Public Radio.

“I remember from my time as a new senator when President Clinton was impeached how all-consuming that is,” Collins said. “You do nothing else until the trial is finished.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have both made similar claims, suggesting that the House impeachment probe is impacting Senate legislative business. However, the House has already passed a slew of bipartisan bills this year, including legislation on gun safety, voting rights, prescription drug pricing, immigration, and violence against women.

Some bills, such as universal background check legislation, have sat on McConnell’s desk for more than 220 days without any Senate action. That bill passed the House with bipartisan support in February.

As recently as September, Republican senators blamed the impeachment inquiry as a reason for failing to act on the gun measure.

Since Democrats took control of the House in January, they have passed around 400 bills, only to see many of them pushed to the Senate’s legislative graveyard.

McConnell has bragged about his efforts to stymie such legislation. Well before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even announced a formal impeachment inquiry, the majority leader was boasting of his reputation as the Senate’s “Grim Reaper.”

Collins also said Monday that, moving forward, the impeachment probe could impact government funding bills, especially if the House has impeachment votes around the same time funding for the federal government expires.

The last government shutdown occurred when Republicans were in charge of the House, Senate, and White House. At the time, Trump was insistent that Congress provide him more money for his long-promised wall along the U.S.- Mexico border wall and forced the country into a partial shutdown, which affected hundreds of thousands of government workers. It was only after Democrats seized control of the House in January that the new majority was able to break the stalemate and force Trump to reopen the government.

Collins has shown a tremendous amount to loyalty to McConnell over the years, including more recently, siding with him in supporting Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

McConnell has returned the favor. According to the Wall Street Journal, two former aides to the majority leader, one of whom worked on the 2017 tax bill Collins supported, hosted a posh fundraising breakfast for the Maine senator just last month in Washington, D.C.

McConnell himself is reportedly slated to appear at an upcoming fundraiser for Collins on Oct. 21.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mike Lindell

Ronna McDaniel secured a fourth term as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday with roughly two-thirds of the votes cast, leaving her challengers in the dust, including millionaire conspiracy-monger Mike Lindell, who had projected a winner’s confidence on the campaign trail.

Keep reading...Show less

Charles McGonigal

Youtube Screenshot

The arrest of Charles McGonigal, chief of the FBI counterintelligence division in New York from October 2016 until his retirement in 2018, reopens festering questions about the troubled election that put Donald Trump in the White House. Among the crimes charged against McGonigal in two lengthy federal indictments is a secret financial relationship with Oleg Deripaska — a Russian oligarch close to dictator Vladimir Putin and associated with Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, himself convicted of crimes and pardoned.

During his FBI career, McGonigal oversaw investigations of Deripaska and other oligarchs suspected of various crimes, including espionage. Now the exposure of his illegal connection with Deripaska may provide fresh insights into Trump's tainted victory.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ }}