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Breach of legislative independence

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to bring to the floor for a vote House bills to fund the government. He claims that it would be a waste of time because Trump told him he would veto them. During Obama’s term both the Republican House and Senate voted on bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act numerous times, knowing full well Obama would veto them.

Since when does Congress have to get Trump’s permission before they bring bills to the floor for a vote? There are three independent branches of government: the Legislative, Judicial and Executive. Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Senate have given up their independence to the Executive branch, i.e. Trump.

A presidential veto threat does not relieve the Senate from doing its constitutional duty.

Carol Brady Allen

Spokane Valley

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