McConnell on ‘The Hugh Hewitt Show’
‘…[Y]ou have to give the president credit—it worked. The threat of levying tariffs on Mexican goods coming in, clearly got the government’s attention down there and the president deserves applause, not condemnation for the outcome, which has a good chance of solving this crisis at the border. His other problem, Hugh, is Congressional Democrats who will not let us pass a supplemental appropriation to deal -- not with the wall -- but with the humanitarian crisis down at the border.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined ‘The Hugh Hewitt Show’ with Hugh Hewitt this morning to discuss judicial appointments, President Trump’s deal with Mexico to secure our southern border, and the Democrats’ socialist agenda. See below for highlights or click here to listen to the full interview.
On the Senate’s continued work to confirm the president’s well-qualified judicial nominees:
“My motto for the lifetime appointment to the courts is to leave no vacancy behind. And you’ve reported on previous shows the Democratic minorities made it challenging. We made a slight adjustment in the rules about five weeks ago and we have been able to double the pace. So, we are spending a lot of time on the executive calendar. Not only on lifetime appointments, but the president, you know who actually won the election, has been denied such significant positions as Assistant Secretaries of the cabinet by slow-walking. So we have spent a lot of time on executive calendar, we are going to continue to do that. Get the president’s people finally in place after two-and-half years -- his term is half over. And there will be no judges left behind. So don’t worry about any that may be currently still in committee as soon as they come out, we are going to clear the deck.
“And I want to make one other point too -- to compliment the president and his administration on the kinds of people that they are sending up. Your listeners might be interested to know that the age of the circuit judges that we are confirming are a little under four years younger than the initial age of President Obama’s circuit court nominees. So, the administration is paying a lot of attention to not only whether they are strict constructionists, which we think is important, but also trying to find people who are as young as possible. I remember a few weeks ago, we confirmed a 37-year-old woman for the Fourth Circuit and a 39-year-old man for the Sixth Circuit.”
On the president’s deal with Mexico to help secure our southern border and address the humanitarian crisis:
“…[Y]ou have to give the president credit—it worked. The threat of levying tariffs on Mexican goods coming in, clearly got the government’s attention down there and the president deserves applause, not condemnation for the outcome, which has a good chance of solving this crisis at the border. His other problem, Hugh, is Congressional Democrats who will not let us pass a supplemental appropriation to deal -- not with the wall -- but with the humanitarian crisis down at the border.
“We passed a supplemental appropriation a couple weeks ago dealing with storms—you know in Puerto Rico, and Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, Iowa. And we tried to add to it, a little under five billion dollars, to deal with this humanitarian crisis at the border. And they said we won’t pass it if you do that. So, the president had two problems here, one was the Mexican government and he solved that. Now it’s time to try and solve the problems with the Democrats. They need to step up because even the New York Times said ‘give Trump the money.’ We’re taking about the humanitarian crisis at the border.”
On the Democrats’ socialist agenda:
“What they’re preaching these days is full-scale socialism. They want to turn us into sort of a Western European socialist country. Remember what Margaret Thatcher said about socialism. She said “the problem with socialism is pretty soon you run out of other people’s money. That’s where they are and that’s why we need to beat them next year.”
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