UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Republican lawmakers in the House say their chamber is less effective now than when it was under GOP control. According to a study by public affairs firm Quorum back in 2017, the Republican-led House was able to pass a total of 230 bills in the first six-months of the year. That’s opposed to the 155 bills that were passed by the Democrat-led House in the first half of 2019.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy has accused the chamber of silencing conservatives and focusing on partisan issues important to Democrats. McCarthy also recently laid into House Democrats for waiting so long to approve a $4.5 billion emergency aid bill to address the border crisis.
“…Democrats, Madam speaker, have rejected a bill to provide the aid that is needed not once, not twice, not even 10 times, but 18 times,” he told Nancy Pelosi. “Madam Speaker, I was shocked — I actually heard from the other side of the aisle someone said there was a crisis.”
McCarthy also took aim at House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler for prioritizing investigations into the White House.
At a House hearing back in May, House Intelligence Committee member Doug Collins also slammed Democrats for completely ignoring the crisis at the border to instead drag out proceedings over the Mueller report:
“…this committee doesn’t want to talk to the author of the (Mueller) report, they just want to talk about the report, and make innuendos and attack the president at the middle of day when this committee who has charge of immigration, who has charge of intellectual property, which we’ve touched none on with a crisis at the border…”
Ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committees — Greg Walden — followed suit. He said Democrats have obstructed passing effective legislation by incessantly tacking on partisan measures to bipartisan bills, leaving them dead on arrival when they move on to the Senate.
All 435 House seats will soon be up for grabs in 2020. As we inch closer to election season, Republicans are maintaining their focus on Democrats’ shortcomings in an effort to flip the lower chamber red next year.