Mitch McConnell is blocking 400 bipartisan bills—from lowering drug prices to preventing violence against women

  • 01/11/2020 2:17 pm ET Mackenzie Zlatos

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is blocking the majority of the bills passed in the House from passing in the Senate. These bills are simply collecting dust on his desk.

“A lot of these bills are not controversial bills,” said MSNBC’s Katy Tur. Some of the bills he is blocking include the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act, Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Veteran’s Access to Childcare, and the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

The 116th Congress has passed 110 bills, which pales in comparison to previous sessions, which have passed on average 400-500 bills.

Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly said, “Mitch McConnell has definitely played the role of gatekeeper, or as he calls himself, “The Grim Reaper.” It’s absolutely ridiculous. It seems like the only thing he’s interested in is appointing judges before the president is no longer the president.”

Other bills not being passed-or even introduced-include the Orange Book Transparency Act, an act addressing Ethics Reform, an act calling for universal background checks, and the Fight Veteran Suicide Act.

“His constituents in Kentucky want lower prescription drug costs,” said Kelly. “It seems like he’s serving himself.”

McConnell said in a campaign video that he would stop impeachment of Trump. He has also repeatedly blocked any election security bills from coming to the Senate. A Kentucky paper accused the senator of breaking his oath by not ensuring a fair impeachment trial.

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