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Mitch McConnell Has Just Again Blocked the Senate From Voting to End the Shutdown and Reopen the Government

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the second time in two weeks has just blocked Democratic bills that would end the shutdown and reopen the government from being voted on.

Leader McConnell, a Republican of Kentucky, has been largely absent from the entire shutdown, instead holding back and allowing voters to blame the President and Congressional Democrats for the shutdown.

“The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues,” McConnell said Tuesday morning, as The Hill reported.

Leader McConnell has refused to challenge President Trump with any legislation, instead working to support the President at every turn. He says he will not allow any bill to receive a vote if he cannot be certain Trump will sign it.

President Trump has never been put in a position where he has vetoed a bill, and the Senate has never been tested to override a Trump veto.

In December, the Senate voted unanimously to keep the federal government open and running, but the President announced he would not sign the legislation once the House voted on it. The Senate  has the ability to override a Trump veto on funding the government.

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SCOTUS Rules Gerrymandering Has Nothing to Do with Them

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled on Thursday that federal courts may not block partisan gerrymandering. It was a 5-4 decision that fell along partisan lines: read GOP.

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the court. He wrote: “We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.”

Justice Kagan, Justice Ginsberg, Justice Breyer, and Justice Sotomayor joined together in dissenting the ruling.

Kagan wrote: “For the first time ever, this Court refuses to remedy a constitutional violation because it thinks the task beyond judicial capabilities. And not just any constitutional violation. The partisan gerrymanders in these cases deprived citizens of the most fundamental of their constitutional rights: the rights to participate equally in the political process, to join with others to advance political beliefs, and to choose their political representatives.”

She added, “In so doing, the partisan gerry-manders here debased and dishonored our democracy, turning upside-down the core American idea that all governmental power derives from the people.”

Read the full decision here.

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