It is commendable that House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, want to pass a continuing resolution that gets them into 2017. But Senator Mitch McConnell is yet again carrying water for Barack Obama. McConnell wants to structure a continuing resolution that gives him an excuse to confirm Judge Garland.
I know McConnell says Garland will never, ever get a vote. But the only thing you can trust about Mitch McConnell is that you cannot trust him. Even now he won’t endorse Ted Cruz for re-election and he and John Cornyn are plotting to have that squish McCaul-crist challenge Cruz in 2018. McConnell also wants to pass TPP after voters can no longer hold Republicans accountable at the polls. But he also wants to confirm Judge Garland because McConnell is convinced Clinton is going to win and Garland will be better than her picks.
So McConnell wants a continuing resolution that funds the government until December 9, 2016. That will force a lame duck session of congress. That will allow McConnell to ram through the TPP, Judge Garland’s confirmation, and fund Obama’s agenda. That, in fact, is the little noticed part of all of this. House Republicans do not want a big fight against Obama’s budget priorities, but Senate Republicans want to fund them all. They will fund executive amnesty, they will fund Obamacare, they will fund Planned Parenthood — they will fund the whole leftwing agenda.
There should be no lame duck session. There should be no continuing resolution that forces a lame duck session. And McConnell should stop carry water for Barack Obama. After all, that water carrying led to the voter rebellion enabling Trump.