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Time to Stop Delaying Democracy
The Senate has
been a much busier place these last few weeks than it was under the
previous leadership. With Republicans in charge of the Senate we
have held more votes on amendments in the first few weeks of the
114th Congress than were allowed in the Democrat-led Senate during
all of 2014. And we have already seen the positive effects of
restoring the American people�s voice in the Senate. During the
debate to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, I
introduced two amendments that were voted on by the Senate. The
first amendment would , and the second would .
The Senate and the House eventually passed the Keystone XL
pipeline bill, and it is now sitting on the president's desk, waiting
for him to sign it into law or veto it.
For the next major
legislative item, Republicans are trying to keep our promise to the
American people and do what we were sent here to do: keep the government
funded, especially the agencies protecting our homeland security, and
hold the President accountable for his abuses of power. But
standing in the way are Senate Democrats who refuse to even allow
consideration of the DHS funding bill, so they won�t have to declare where they
stand on the President�s illegal and unconstitutional action on
executive amnesty. This effort to try and hide from the American
people is embarrassing. Republican leaders in the Senate have repeatedly
signaled that they will give Democrats every opportunity to amend
provisions of the bill that they don�t like. But even this is
rejected, because it would require Democrats to go on record as supporting or
opposing the president�s executive amnesty.
they have an alternative bill and insist that we pass it immediately.
There are two problems with that approach.
that may have been how the Senate worked under the previous majority �
writing bills in back rooms, waiting until the last minute to make them
public, blocking amendments and debate, and ramming the bill through
without any input from the American people � that�s not the way the
Senate is supposed to work, and it�s not the way the Senate is
working with Republicans in control.
appropriations bills aren�t supposed to start in the Senate. In fact, the
House has not considered a Senate-originated appropriations bill since
at least 1901 - the period for which records are readily
And unfortunately for them, the bill the Democrats want
is not supported in the House because it�s not supported by the
; it�s time to stop hiding from the American people and
start debating the future of homeland security funding.