Trump Says The Senate Needs To Start Doing Their Jobs!
Trump is telling the Senate that they should skip their vacations if they can’t get the job done on time, and Senate Republicans wanting to keep their jobs agree.
If you’ve never held a job where your boss didn’t yell at you at least once to fix what you broke, have you ever held a real job? If you haven’t had to stay on site for hours after you were supposed to go home, were you ever really responsible for anything? There aren’t many jobs in the world where you can put off your duty for weeks and months and still get to take an uninterrupted break after it all.
And the Senate seems to be one of those cushy, cozy places that isn’t used to having the President publicly rebuke them for wasting time and money.
Writing on Twitter, Trump said late last night:
“The Senate should get funding done before the August break, or NOT GO HOME. Wall and Border Security should be included. Also waiting for the approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history. Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do. STAY!”
With a Presidential dog in the Oval Office, Trump is handing the same instructions down to the Senate. Sit! Stay!
The White House’s legislative affairs director has said that Trump has been forced to wait through 89 Democratic filibuster votes during his short time in office, while there were only 32 filibusters of nominees during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations combined.
According to the official US Senate website, “each year, Congress recesses for the month of August.” At first, the original summer breaks were due to a lack of air conditioning. Things began to improve in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that adequate indoor weather control made it feasible to work all day in suits.
Regardless, the mandated summer vacation of August has been in place since 1970. Keep that in mind next time you see roofers in August. Well, at least the roofers are smart — they’re working at 5am, not at 2pm.
Senate Republicans Agree
In a letter sent last week to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans lead by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia (clearly a man used to August heat) said that they must confirm the nominations before August or not go home at all.
Speaking with media, Sen. Perdue explained the letter:
“This [letter] is a commitment to [Mitch McConnell] that we [Senate Republicans] are willing to do whatever is necessary to get these confirmations accomplished and also to ensure that we debate the funding bills now in whatever manner they come.”
Tweeted with the tag Make Congress Work Again, Perdue and others want McConnell to be more assertive in getting the job done.
RT if you agree: Congress should work as long as it takes – nights, weekends, & through the August recess if necessary – to fund the gov’t on time & make progress on confirming President Trump’s nominees. #MakeCongressWorkAgain pic.twitter.com/Qml29vzfLj
— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) May 11, 2018
In the letter itself, Perdue writes:
“We stand ready to work Mondays and Fridays, nights as well as weekend, to ensure the funding process is not used to jam the president with a bad spending deal.”
This is likely in reference to the previous spending bill, which Trump threatened to not sign due to its many bad decisions including full funding for Planned Parenthood and not enough for the border wall.
“We, and the American people, expect Congress to work tirelessly to restore American greatness.”
We The People VS Congress
At his rally in Michigan two weeks ago, the same night that Michelle Wolf tore into Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump and the crowd went after the Congressional Republicans.
“When talking about the threat of a government shutdown, Trump is always very natural in referring to the money from Congress as a “we” versus “them” situation, despite the fact that every single cent budgeted by Congress came from American taxpayers, and every single nice thing owned by Congressmen was funded by a salary paid for by taxpayers.”
Waiting for Gina Haspel
One of the big names currently in the sidelines is the acting director of the CIA, Gina Haspel. Haspel was nominated to take over from Mike Pompeo, who was moved to the position of Secretary of State. When her nomination goes through, Haspel will be the first female director in the history of the CIA.
As a part of the Democratic push against Haspel, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the man who orchestrated 9/11 — has written a letter expressing fear of the nomination of Haspel, likely because she’s pro-waterboarding and right now KSM gets free Skype calls with his friends overseas.
Sources: The US Senate, Fox News