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Block All Legislation Until Government Reopens

January 8, 2019


Two Democratic senators on Sunday urged their colleagues to "block" consideration of all bills not related to the partial government shutdown until the Senate vote on legislation passed by the House that could end a stand-off over border security funding.Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, both from Maryland where many federal employees impacted by the shutdown live, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to allow for a vote."Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans allow a vote on the bipartisan bills the House passed to open the government. Mitch, don’t delay. Let’s vote!" tweeted Van Hollen, who is the ranking member of the Budget Committee. Cardin responded with a tweet that said he "agreed.""This isn’t business as usual," he added. "This is a crisis, a fundamental failure to govern, and Americans are suffering for it. The Senate should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government until @SenateMajLdr lets us vote on exactly that. #Shutdown." At least one GOP senator, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said she wants to vote on the legislation passed by the House."Well, I can't speak for McConnell, but I would like to see him bring the House-passed bills to the Senate floor," Collins told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain departments like [agriculture], transportation, housing, and interior. Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue."Call your Senators and urge them to block all bills that do not reopen the government. 



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