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Which Mitch McConnell Will Show Up To Defend The Unborn?

There are two Mitch McConnells at large on Capitol Hill these days: A somnolent Mitch McConnell who drags himself down to the Well of the Senate to bemoan Democrat obstruction and cave to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s threats of a filibuster or lack of 60 votes on every cloture vote, and his doppelganger who fights tooth and nail for bills that stick a finger in the eye of President Trump and the conservative – populist coalition that propelled him to the White House.

Our friend Rachel Bovard has been tweeting about this and reminded us that McConnell has been aggressively pushing S1, a Marco Rubio-sponsored Middle East security bill that does have some good provisions for Israel but has also drawn McConnell-supported amendments intended to limit the President’s options with regard to Syria and Afghanistan. McConnell put his name on the bill, has whipped it aggressively, and has held four cloture votes on it when it kept failing to achieve 60 votes.

McConnell is pushing his own amendment to the bill that would acknowledge "al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to us here at home," a move CNN reports is a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump's push to withdraw US troops from Syria.

"It would recognize the dangers of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan," McConnell said from the Senate floor, announcing the amendment to the bill, which is currently being debated.

Why this bill was the first bill introduced by the Senate Republican majority in the new Congress remains obscure, but it has roused Senator McConnell out of his usual lassitude to a hitherto unknown level of activity to offer amendments to the bill and get it passed.

Fast forward to Monday night when McConnell took to the Senate Floor to admonish Democrats who might be inclined to block Senator Ben Sasse’s “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”

According to Lauretta Brown’s reporting for Townhall, McConnell said of the measure which he is cosponsoring, “It ought to be the very definition of something that receives unanimous consent in this body.”

“It would ensure that all baby girls and boys who are born alive, all of them, have their right to life respected and receive the medical care that they need,” the Majority Leader explained. “It builds on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 which did indeed pass this body by unanimous consent and creates enforcement mechanisms if abortion providers fail to give these newborn babies the medical attention and care they so obviously deserve.”

Ms. Brown reports McConnell went on to decry the left’s extreme abortion push, including Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments suggesting that an infant born alive could be left to die.

“It is harrowing that this legislation is even necessary,” McConnell said. “It is even more disturbing that when a Democratic governor was unable to simply state that of course these newborn babies have human rights that must be respected.”

Loretta Brown reports Sen. McConnell concluded by wondering why there would be any reason Democrats would oppose the measure, emphasizing that such a move would be “disturbing.”

“I hope that none of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle invent any reason to block this request later today,” he said. “That would make quite a disturbing statement. If they do inexplicably block Sen. Sasse’s effort, I can assure them this will not be the last time we try to ensure that all newborns are afforded this fundamental legal protection."

Naturally, Democrat Senator Patty Murray of Washington objected to the unanimous consent request and Senator Sasse’s bill remains blocked from consideration.

Sasse concluded his remarks on the bill by saying this:

Mr. President, this is gross, what has happened here tonight. We should pass this by unanimous consent. If we continue being unable to pass it by unanimous consent, a lot of us are going to continue to fight for a rollcall vote because it is the right thing to do. Those little babies aren't Republicans or Democrats; they are babies. They need protection from all of us.

We applaud Senator Sasse for introducing S.130 the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” and we applaud Senator McConnell and over forty other Republicans for co-sponsoring the legislation, but let’s not fool ourselves, whether the bill ever gets a roll call vote depends entirely upon which Mitch McConnell shows up – the somnolent one who caves to every Schumer threat of a filibuster or the aggressive one who is muscling through S.1 to limit the President’s options in Syria and Afghanistan.

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McConnell the Rino

This article is sooo right about McConnell. The only time he acts like a semi-conservative Republican is when his back is literally against the wall and he tries to not look like the liberal lackey he is. He and Paul Ryan both took lessons from the "ultimate caver" crybaby John Boehner. Why McConnell was reelected is still very suspicious since he was 12 points behind his opponent only a week and a half before his last election. That is usually a sign that a huge number of democrats crossed over and voted for him. They need a "traitorous mole" in the GOP just like Boehner and Ryan were.