Dear Republicans: To end Senate Democrats’ obstruction, make them talk, make them work, make them vote

Dear Republicans: To end Senate Democrats' obstruction, make them talk, make them work, make them vote

Speaker Newt Gingrich was fond of saying “The Democrats are our adversaries. The Senate is our enemy.” The Senate has long been a frustration to the impatient warriors for change. Its rules and culture are intentionally designed to be slow and deliberative, in contrast to the quick-moving partisan House. Today, Republicans have control over all the levers of power. The White House, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the state legislatures, and the governors — they are all dominated by Republicans. The conservative grassroots is rightfully expecting big things after years of promises. And big things are happening. The Trump administration is moving rapidly on a deregulatory agenda to use the administrative powers to advance conservative principles. The states are leading change in a wide range of areas — right to work, fiscal responsibility, education freedom, and health care, to name a few. And finally, nearly every week, the House of Representatives passes legislation with conservative reforms. Conspicuously absent is the United States Senate. Other than tax reform and judicial confirmations, the Senate has accomplished very little this year, and restless conservatives are eager for improvement. In fact, as recently as last week, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., led a group of fifteen Republican senators in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., imploring him to let the Senate work. Outside conservative groups are making the same request . If senators want to avoid a last minute, $1.3 trillion spending bill in December, fight back against Democratic […]

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