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McConnell to Hold Lynch Confirmation Hostage Over Unrelated Anti-Abortion Legislation

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Senate Majority Leader McConnell informed us today that he will prevent Loretta Lynch from receiving a confirmation vote until the Senate passes a human trafficking bill riddled with anti-abortion language that Democrats strongly object to. So what the esteemed leader is basically doing is telling the nation that forcing rape victims to keep their baby is so important that he will prevent the first black female Attorney General from getting a confirmation vote.

    I'm not really sure what McConnell's end game is here. Republicans have been calling for Eric Holder to step down since January of 2009 and they finally got their wish. Now they are willing to keep him in office in order to pass legislation that will force a rape victim to have a baby? They have already made Ms. Lynch wait longer than any other Attorney General nominee in our nations history and they seem intent to hold it even longer so they can tell a rape victim what to do with her body.

    Everyone knows my deep dislike of the Republican party for a host of issues, but they way they treat women in this country is appalling. Not only do they want to force rape victims to carry their babies to term, they hold up the confirmation of our nations first black Attorney General as leverage. I hope that Senate Democrats and the President don't fall prey to McConnell's and Senate Republicans dirty games. Forcing a rape victim to keep her baby has absolutely nothing to do with confirming our next Attorney General.
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    Yes Jared, My feelings exactly; women should be responsible for their own body; not the government or the "church". Indeed these Republicans make me sick especially the evangelical "church" fanatics.
    I've got the strong feeling that the elections will be played the same way; the've got an good example like ISIS, who uses religion to get it their way; so since another thread mentioned 85% goes to church, then that is the tried and proven "avenue" to get the dumb religious "voters" into your "camp". I did mention that also in another thread; there are more evangelical fanatics than ever; so for Democrats an uphill battle.
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    Stuff like this just drives me nuts. They have already made Ms. Lynch wait longer than any other Attorney General nominee in our nations history and now they are making her wait until Democrats sign off on a anti-woman bill that forces rape victims to keep their babies. What does an anti-abortion bill have anything to do with confirming the top law enforcement official in the country? They say they wanted Holder out at all costs, but now seem to be willing to keep him in office until they get their way on forcing rape victims to keep their babies? It just doesn't make any sense.
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    Hey Jared,

    Is there a procedure for removal of a Senator, like there is for impeachment of a President? There certainly SHOULD be, and McConnell is a prime candidate. Obviously it should also be made applicable to the House, and Johnny B. should be first in line.
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    Michael39301 Wrote:
    Hey Jared,

    Is there a procedure for removal of a Senator, like there is for impeachment of a President? There certainly SHOULD be, and McConnell is a prime candidate. Obviously it should also be made applicable to the House, and Johnny B. should be first in line.
    A Senator can technically be expelled from office, but that is incredibly rare. One Senator was expelled for treason in 1797 and the only other Senators expelled from office were the ones who supported Confederate secession. No other Senator has ever been removed since then and I really doubt anything McConnell does will ever trigger an expulsion vote by this or any Congress.

    I can disagree with a Senator with all of my might, but we are going down a very slippery slope when we begin to call for everyone's removal from office every time they do something we disagree with. I get really upset every time someone calls for a Democratic politician to be impeached or resign from office and I tend to do the same when it comes to Republicans.

    Preventing a vote from happening doesn't really rise to the level of an impeachable offense. It's a dick move, but that's about all. It's unfortunate the Democrats decided to stay home at appallingly high rates last November and basically hand the Senate to the Republicans on a silver platter. When one-third of eligible voters participate then we get the Government we deserve.

    If you want to see McConnell out of power then get your friends and family excited to vote in 2016 and send McConnell and the Republicans back to minority party status again. There's not really much we can do outside of that.
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Michael39301 Wrote:
    Hey Jared,

    Is there a procedure for removal of a Senator, like there is for impeachment of a President? There certainly SHOULD be, and McConnell is a prime candidate. Obviously it should also be made applicable to the House, and Johnny B. should be first in line.
    A Senator can technically be expelled from office, but that is incredibly rare. One Senator was expelled for treason in 1797 and the only other Senators expelled from office were the ones who supported Confederate secession. No other Senator has ever been removed since then and I really doubt anything McConnell does will ever trigger an expulsion vote by this or any Congress.

    I can disagree with a Senator with all of my might, but we are going down a very slippery slope when we begin to call for everyone's removal from office every time they do something we disagree with. I get really upset every time someone calls for a Democratic politician to be impeached or resign from office and I tend to do the same when it comes to Republicans.

    Preventing a vote from happening doesn't really rise to the level of an impeachable offense. It's a dick move, but that's about all. It's unfortunate the Democrats decided to stay home at appallingly high rates last November and basically hand the Senate to the Republicans on a silver platter. When one-third of eligible voters participate then we get the Government we deserve.

    If you want to see McConnell out of power then get your friends and family excited to vote in 2016 and send McConnell and the Republicans back to minority party status again. There's not really much we can do outside of that.
    Jared, your last line says it all. I don't want to be negative, but the "voting" public mentality does not change overnight; my guess is that people here tend to stick to what they always voted on and don't use their brain when they vote or do any research; the "churches/army/Fox news etc" makes the decissions for them. They don't care as long as they think (?) it does not effect them personally, even if the whole country goes to hell.