Democrats Walking and Chewing Gum

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In the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats seem to legislate and investigate like walking and chewing gum. Since taking control in January, they have passed some 178 bills. And they are now pursuing investigations into some 20-plus questions of Trump administration malfeasance.


Of those 178 bills, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked the great majority. However, the Senate has passed two resolutions, which President Donald Trump has vetoed. Also, the Senate has passed a few bills, which Trump has signed into law.

Bills Blocked by McConnell

McConnell has been playing his self-proclaimed role as “the grim reaper” of progressive legislation. Here is a list of some of the more important bills that he is blocking — plus a notable resolution:

Acts of Congress Vetoed

Here is a list of acts of Congress vetoed by President Trump:

  • S.J.Res.7: To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • H.J.Res.46: Terminates the national emergency that Trump declared to get around Congress and direct more funds to a Mexico border barrier.

Bills Enacted into Law

Here is a list of some of the more important bills that have become law:

Chewing Gum

Taken from the Washington Post on May 23, here are some of the more important questions of Trump malfeasance and corruption being investigated by the House:

  • Did Trump obstruct justice?
  • Did Trump try to fire the special counsel and then order former White House counsel Donald McGahn to lie about it?
  • Did Trump make any foreign policy decisions to enrich himself, specifically with his attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, or in his existing business ties with Saudi officials, to enrich himself?
  • Did Trump’s businesses have any money laundering ties, specifically related to Russia?
  • Did Trump inflate his net worth to get business deals or deflate it to avoid real estate taxes?
  • Did Trump lie about getting Jared Kushner a security clearance?
  • Did Trump play a role in illegal hush-money payments during the campaign to women alleging affairs with him?
  • What was the deal with a Trump idea to bus migrants to his political opponents’ districts?
  • What was the deal with a decision to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 Census?
  • How is Trump’s declaration that there’s a national emergency at the border legal?
  • Was the Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage enough?
  • Why is the Trump administration proposing sharing nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia?
  • What’s the deal with Ivanka Trump and other White House officials doing official work on private email?
  • Why were U.S. diplomats left out of a meeting between Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
  • Is Trump illegally benefiting from owning a hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.?
  • And what were the lease details of the Trump International Hotel with the federal government?


Image: The Paragraph from Comic Vine and WikiMedia Commons

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20-plus questions “All the congressional investigations of Trump that aren’t related to the Mueller report” By Amber Phillips; Washington Post; May 23, 2019

self-proclaimed role “McConnell pledges to be ‘Grim Reaper’ for progressive policies” By Jordain Carney; The Hill; 04/22/19

Ends secret “dark money” “House Democrats just passed a slate of significant reforms to get money out of politics” By Ella Nilsen; Vox; Mar 8, 2019

eleven bills “Democrats in Congress are getting things done. Trump and Republicans are just ignoring them.” By Ella Nilsenella; Vox; May 24, 2019

shutdown ended “Trump signs bill to end $6bn shutdown and temporarily reopen government” The Guardian: 26 Jan 2019

does not comply “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act – HR 986” National Write Your Congressman

This bill “Waters Introduces Legislation to Put Consumers First” U.S. House Committee on Financial Services; Oct. 2, 2018

strengthens the VAWA “The NRA tried to block an updated Violence Against Women Act in the House — and failed” By Li Zhouli, Vox; Apr 4, 2019

had been killed “Internet Freedom Fight Keeps On” The Paragraph;
June 23, 2018″

upset by Sen. Lindsey Graham “House overwhelmingly approves resolution urging release of Mueller report” By ANDREW DESIDERIO; Politico; 03/14/2019

get around Congress “Trump Vows Veto After Congress Blocks His Order To Build Border Wall”; by Susan Davis; Heard on All Things Considered; March 14, 2019

restricted the IRS “Congress Scraps Provision to Restrict IRS From Competing With TurboTax” by Justin Elliott; ProPublica; June 5, 2019

important questions “All the congressional investigations of Trump that aren’t related to the Mueller report” By Amber Phillips, Washington Post; May 23, 2019

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By Quinn Hungeski,, Copyright (CC BY-ND) 2019

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