Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has worked against conservatives throughout his career. Here are nine times he betrayed, opposed, and contradicted conservatives in 2022: https://t.co/t9dLa5Gm9S— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 1, 2023
I have good news: Unlike two years ago, the prayer to open the 118th Congress did not end with “Amen” and “Awoman”— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 3, 2023
My top three priorities in voting for a Republican Congress were 1.) defunding the war in Ukraine, 2.) addressing the weaponization of the FBI and DOJ and 3.) the border which has spiraled out of control under Joe Biden. These concerns are all broadly shared in the Republican base.
“Moore stated, “When is it — since when do we have a government agency that’s 100 years old now that thinks they know better than…the American people what our leader and who our president should be than the American people themselves? The arrogance coming out of the Department of Justice, the FBI, those agencies, that’s one of the things we’ve got to hold people accountable for in those agencies. When we talk about draining the swamp, Chris, that’s where we need to pull the plug and start looking.”
He added that “with the purse strings and with oversight, [those are] the two areas we can start working. That’s why I said it’s very unfortunate that McConnell left us in this position going forward for the next few months where we don’t actually have control of the budget, where we can cut the budget of those agencies that are out of control and give the voice, again, back to the taxpayer and to the American people.”
Rep. Barry Moore is my congressman.
Thanks to Mitch McConnell and 17 other Senate Republicans, Ukraine gets another $45 billion to continue the war, the FBI gets a new headquarters, the DOJ got a budget increase to continue to “counter domestic extremism” and hundreds of millions of dollars was allocated toward border security in foreign countries. The incoming Republican House can do nothing about any of these problems until September.
Naturally, I am pissed off about it, but as far as I can tell I am not alone. Pretty much everyone is still pissed off about it. This wasn’t a defeat for me as some lonely, isolated “extremist.”
“In one of their final moves before they relinquish control of the U.S. House, Democratic lawmakers made sure to do something Republicans almost certainly never would: significantly expand the federal government’s resources to prosecute Jan. 6 rioters and counter domestic extremism. …
It specifies that federal U.S. attorneys will get a $2.63 billion overall budget, an increase of $212 million—or 9 percent—from fiscal year 2022, in order to “further support prosecutions related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases,” according to a House Democratic fact sheet.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, meanwhile, will get an $11.3 billion budget for the coming year. That’s an increase of $570 million, or 5 percent, from last year, which House Democrats say is “for efforts to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism.” The figure is also a 5 percent increase from what Biden had asked for in his own 2023 budget request to Congress.
Overall, the omnibus increases the budget for the Department of Justice by 10 percent over fiscal year 2022. …”
If there is any silver lining to this, it is that it has fractured the party, angered the base and highlighted the real problem which is Mitch McConnell’s unpopular Senate leadership. The problem isn’t the voters anymore or the House or much of the Senate or conservative media influencers like Charlie Kirk or even powerful institutions like the Heritage Foundation. Specifically, it is the gerontocracy in the Senate around McConnell which has their own priorities which flies in the face of what their own voters want.
“Just before jetting off to enjoy his Christmas holiday, Mitch McConnell left a nice lump of coal for America with his $1.7 trillion (or more!) omnibus spending package. There’s a lot to hate in this package, between millions for LGBTQ museums in New York or extra funding for the House Diversity and Inclusion office.
But the most galling thing about the omnibus is this juxtaposition: More than $400 million is dished out to American “allies” (one cannot put enough quotes around that word) like Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia to assist them in their “border security.” Meanwhile, back in America, the millions allocated to our own border patrol are not allowed “to acquire, maintain, or extend border security technology and capabilities, except for technology and capabilities to improve Border Patrol processing.” Put another way, extra funding for Customs and Border Protection is only allowed to assist the escalating human flood at the border, while no new spending is allowed to stop it. …”
McConnell is making history today as the longest serving Senate party leader.
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell plans to mark his tenure as the chamber’s longest-serving party leader with a speech on Tuesday afternoon paying tribute to the previous record holder: former Sen. Mike Mansfield, a Democrat from Montana.
Driving the news: The senior senator from Kentucky, 80, will eclipse Mansfield’s 16 years as party leader on Tuesday. Along the way, McConnell has delighted supporters and bedeviled opponents through crafty procedural maneuvers and — to some critics — brazen power grabs. …’
“But the second-greatest honor is the trust that my fellow Republican Senators have placed in me to lead our diverse Conference and help them achieve their goals,” McConnell will say, according to prepared remarks. …”
McConnell is a throwback to the George W. Bush era.
He needs to retire like Richard Shelby and Roy Blunt. Nancy Pelosi is retiring, but McConnell is clinging to power long past his time and screwing his party in the process.