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September 20, 2012

McConnell: "Never before has a president and a Senate done so little"

Congress is hoping to recess this week until after the Nov. 6 election, and that means lawmakers are taking final swipes at the opposition.

Republicans took to the Senate floor Thursday to blast Democrats, with GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisting, "We’ve got multiple crisis-level issues to deal with. And yet Democrats don’t want to do a thing.

"Never before has a President and a Senate done so little to confront challenges so great."

Democrats plan to respond later Thursday.

Here's more of McConnell's floor remarks:

“We’ve got a $16 trillion debt. Democrats haven’t bothered to pass a budget in three years. Every single American will get hit with a massive tax hike in three months if we don’t act to prevent it. Democrats are saying we shouldn’t do anything about it — just go off the cliff. Just see what happens.

“The Defense budget is about to suffer automatic cuts that the President’s own Defense Secretary has described as ‘devastating’. Democrats can’t be bothered to figure out a way to avoid them.

“The Middle East is in turmoil, we remain at war in Afghanistan and with Al Qaeda and Senate Democrats haven’t even bothered to pass a Defense Authorization bill.

“Gas prices have more than doubled over the past four years. Democrats have responded by conspiring with the President to make sure a domestic pipeline didn’t get built.

“Just let the debt grow. Let taxes go up. Let the defense cuts stand. Let gas prices get higher and higher. Don’t pass a budget. Don’t pass any spending bills.  Don’t do anything that involves making tough choices. Just sit around and kill time in the hopes that the voters will focus on the other guys instead.

“Look: Our constituents didn’t send us here to watch the clock or to offer running commentary on the floor. They sent us here to make a difference. We’ve got jobs to do. It’s about time we did them." 


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Bill Carlson

Never before has been a House Congress compromise so little.

Thomas Nass

I would tell McConnell:
"Physician, heal thyself!"

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