For The Fourth Time, Mitch McConnell Blocks Bill To Temporarily Reopen DHS

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Screengrab/PBS NewsHour/YouTube

Sen. Tim Kaine tried to take up the bill in hopes of winning relief for members of the Coast Guard who are going unpaid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked a bill to temporarily reopen the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, marking the fourth time the Republican stepped in to keep a funding bill from moving forward.

According to The Hill, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) tried to bring up a bill that passed the House and would fund the department until February 8, but McConnell objected.

Just one objection is enough to thwart a bill in this situation.

McConnell has said for weeks that he won’t take up the House legislation, arguing it would be a “show” vote because President Trump won’t sign the bill.

Instead, the GOP leader is expected to hold a procedural vote Thursday that would trade $5.7 billion for wall funding in exchange for a three-year extension of legal protections for some immigrants.

"The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face. That's why we'll vote on this legislation on the Senate floor this week. All that needs to happen is for our Democratic colleagues to agree that it's time to put the country ahead of politics, take yes for an answer and vote to put this standoff behind us," McConnell said from the Senate floor earlier on Tuesday.

The partial government shutdown is now in its 33rd day, and there continues to be no end in sight, as the bill McConnell will hold a vote on is not expected to garner the necessary 60 votes and would likely fail in the Democrat-led House.

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