Letter to the Editor: McConnell shouldn’t hold bill hostage just to help Trump save face

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia, March 28, 2017 | Associated Press file photo by J. Scott Applewhite, St. George News

OPINION — Mitch McConnell does not have the right to hold a bill from vote just because it’s a waste of time if the president won’t sign it.

One of four things can happen when a bill is passed by both the House and Senate and is sent to the president:

  1. The president may take no action. If Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after ten days.
  2. A pocket veto occurs when the president takes no action and Congress has adjourned its session. In this case, the bill dies and does not become a law.
  3. The president may decide that the bill is unwise or unnecessary and veto the bill.
  4. The president may sign the bill, and the bill becomes law.

McConnell is covering for the president because if it gets vetoed (3) the president looks like a cruel and uncaring ass. If the president ignores it (1), Congress is still in session and it becomes law after 10 days. If the president signs (4) it then he looks like a pompous fool for going back on his campaign promise. McConnell’s strategy may be No. 2.

But, the question still remains, does he have the right to not put a legitimate bill up for vote? Isn’t that suppressing the rights of U.S. citizens from having a voice in their government by not allowing their elected representatives in the Senate from voting?

Our government is in the shape it is in because we have people in Congress for 15, 25 and 35-plus years. It has come down to a contest of party and power, not what is best for this country or the people in it. This is not what we were supposed to be.

It is time we demand term limits. A solution would be to have one six-year term for the president, senators and congress(wo)men. Once the stumping and election are over, those going to D.C. can concentrate on the job they were elected to do.

They will not be distracted by having to campaign while in office. They will have time to read the bills they are presented with and concentrate on the best choices and needs of their constituency. This will also cut back the power of people who stay in office too long.

Now, I’m sure McConnell will object to this idea because he’ll say the voting booth is where term limits are. How true can that be when we have gerrymandering of districts, voters being denied their right to vote and people being taken off voter lists?

Martin Niemöller wrote:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

Can you see the writing on the wall?

Force McConnell to do his job and let the chips fall where they may.

Submitted by ALICE LOEFFLER, St. George.

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  • Craig January 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I think it would be wonderful if any member of Congress actually did their job. All seek more power and more money. Their decisions and votes are based on what’s best for them personally.

    It’s impossinle to pick out one that is worse.

    We need to write in both parties working together to get an amendment to the Constitution limiting all members of Congress and the Supreme Court to a single fixed term for life.

    We need real citizens taking 6-8 years to serve and then return to their lives.

  • Blemonds January 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Which bill? The House presented a bill to the Senate which included funding for a wall and which Trump would have gladly signed. It was Schumer who held that bill up. Is it your contention that Schumer, in the minority, has more rights as a Sentaor than McConnell in the majority? That appears to be your contention since you claimed McConnell didn’t have the right to prevent the vote (which he clearly does) yet I don’t recall you claiming that Schumer didn’t have the right to hold up the bill passed by the House

    • bikeandfish January 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Yeah, Senate rules seem clear about McConnell’s privilege to choose what comes up to vote. As you highlight, its the same set of rules that allow the minority the privilege to fillibuster, or in many cases just threaten a fillibuster.

      The Senate isn’t run by the simple mandates the author of this OpEd seems to want.

    • bikeandfish January 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      But there were multiple bills the week of the shutdown including one that passed the Senate without border wall funding that only faltered after Trump changed his rhetoric.


      • Blemonds January 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm

        There was no faltering. After the previous continuing resolution Trump made it clear he would not sign another one without the funding for the wall. In other words, he kept his promise

        • iceplant January 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm

          There was plenty of faltering. Especially after he was called out by the likes of Coulter, Hannity, and Limbaugh.

          • Blemonds January 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm

            There was no faltering, only false reports of such. He never indicated he might sign without the funding for the wall

          • iceplant January 14, 2019 at 6:23 am

            Fake news, right?
            *insert eye roll here*

        • bikeandfish January 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm

          First, my statement was the bill faltered, not Trump. And that reality is self-evident.

          Yet his White House record disagrees with your summary. On Tuesday December 18th they said:

          “We have other ways that we can get to that $5bn,” Sanders said in an appearance on Fox News. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government. We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration, from drugs coming into this country.”

          It wasn’t until he was called out the next day by hardline pundits that he made his line 100% clear.

          You can agree with his choice but the series of events was well-covered and documented.

        • Redbud January 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm

          Blemonds! I agree with your statements, they can ignore the truth all they want but facts are facts! There is no talking common sense into those who make false claims against Trump. We Americans see truth for what truth is.

          • iceplant January 14, 2019 at 6:25 am

            You only see what dear leader tells you to see. Or rather, Supreme Leader as you like to refer to him. Eh, Boris?

  • iceplant January 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    McConnell is blatant proof of the need for term limits.
    Pelosi and Schumer too. But Mitch needs to go.

  • Fester January 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    30 Democrat Congressweasels are on a big junket to Puerto Rico to party on the beaches and watch Hamilton, along with 100+ lobbyists, pretending they are a Puerto Rican hurrican aftermath fact finding trip. It’s a pity the Democrat Party will throw all those Federal employees off in favor of foreign criminals. Who are they supposed to represent.

    Keep the govt. shutdown. The cost of the wall is a pittance compared to how much Congress wastes every week. Every day it is shutdown is another day the people see 1) how little it matters, and 2) how little the Democrat party cares for American citizens.

  • Just Guessin January 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Hey, Alice the author, where was your outrage when the other party of “cruel and uncaring ass’s and pompous fool’s was in charge of the Senate and MADE UP the nuclear option to pass bills (Obamacare) or if they didn’t like them not even bring them to the floor?
    Where was it then?

    • bikeandfish January 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      The “nuclear option” existed before your claimed timeline. Your allegation that the Dems “MADE UP the nuclear option” is false. Its just a change to parliamentary procedure.


      And on top of that, what we call the ACA passed through the Senate with a 60-39 vote, ie not with the nuclear option of a simple majority. You are conflating the nuclear option with the controversial use of “budget reconciliation” to push the existing Senate bill through the House. Reconciliation measures can’t be fillibustered and therefore don’t need the nuclear option.

      Democrats did use the nuclear option under Harry Reid to push through lower court federal judges. Which was then used to justify the use of it to block Garland’s nomination.

      And there were Democrats who criticized the use of the nuclear option under Reid/Obama. Three opposed the DNC and voted against the changes to Senate rules. Sadly, not enough. I sincerely believe that mistake should haunt Reid’s legacy for ages.

  • Just Guessin January 13, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Term limits won’t solve anything people, it is just another layer of BS.
    Until we get back to the Constitution this is what we got and made for ourselves.
    When SINGLE BILLS written and sponsored by their “AUTHOR” the congress person , instead of a bunch of DC lobbyist lawyers, we will make some progress. These thousand page bills that are not the original intent of the bill, written by outside parties, with all there hidden agendas, is the problem. It’s not Left or Right it’s just Wrong and the sheople have been made to thing this us how it works.
    We need to strip congress of their Elite power and benefits, and make them citizens again working for us like they were elected to do. Until that happens we will see more of the same and more of your rights eroded away.
    Just Guessin though

  • Just Guessin January 13, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Prime example…. Read “Not_So_Much” comment on this thread recently posted


  • commonsense January 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    When Harry Reid, D-NV lead the Senate there was a stack of bills tabled on his desk that had passed the House and never brought to a vote in the Senate. That’s the prerogative of the party in power. Many of the dirty tricks of the Obama years are coming back to bite the Democrats.

  • Paul N Laurie January 14, 2019 at 6:57 am

    You must be the head joke writer for Ocasio Cortez because you either don’t have a clue how government works or you are from lala land (California). McConnell is fully within his legal rights to with hold bills that the President won’t sign. Its been done since day one.

    • iceplant January 14, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Oh, look… someone from Utah with a California chip their shoulder. Such a rare breed. Let’s study its habits.

      • Just Guessin January 14, 2019 at 6:41 pm

        That was a informative post ice. You a migrant from the Socialist State of California that can’t afford the taxes there to support the illegals and came to Utah to suck it dry too?

        • iceplant January 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm

          No, I moved here to look after my grandfather when my grandmother died. Didn’t want him to be alone for the last years of his life. And I left Cali long before things became unaffordable. I moved here from AZ and Las Vegas before that. There’s nothing to “suck dry” in Utah. This state is full of the cheapest cheapskates known to human-kind. I’ve had to fight tooth and nail for everything I’ve got in Utah. And that ain’t much.

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