Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) shot back at Republicans who accused the Democrats of doing nothing during an impeachment hearing on Thursday. Cicilline touted the Democrats’ legislative record, noting that they have passed more than 400 bills since they gained control of the House of Representatives.
Cicilline said, “we have passed nearly 400 pieces of legislation since Democrats took the majority.”
He added, “275 of those bills are bipartisan. They range from legislation to drive down the cost of prescription drugs to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, to provide equal pay for equal work, to raise the minimum wage for 33 million Americans, the biggest anti-corruption bill since Watergate, H.R. 1, legislation to restore net neutrality, to respond to the climate crisis, universal background checks, and we recently completed negotiations on the new trade deal.”
Cicilline said that “the list is exhaustive. Sadly, 80% of those bills are lying on Mitch McConnell’s desk awaiting action. So I urge my colleagues, maybe instead of trying to mischaracterize what is one of the most productive congresses in modern history, we ought to assert some energy to persuading Mitch McConnell to do his job in bringing those bills to the floor.”
Here’s a clip of Cicilline’s remarks:
Republicans claim @HouseDemocrats haven’t been productive.— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) December 12, 2019
Rep. @davidcicilline corrects the record: They’ve passed nearly 400 pieces of legislation, including 275 bipartisan bills.
It’s Mitch McConnell who’s not doing his job. pic.twitter.com/eRV2ZZDE8m
The exact number of bills that the House has passed is a bit foggy, but there’s no doubt that Senator Mitch McConnell has been hesitant to give much legislation a chance on the floor of the Senate. The House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee noted in late November that the House has pushed through nearly 400 bills, but that around 80% of them have lingered on McConnell’s desk.
The DPCC also noted that more than 275 of the bills that McConnell has refused to give a chance are bipartisan pieces of legislation. The Senate leader has even touted his role in keeping laws from being passed, saying of some legislation, “they won’t even be voted on. So think of me as the Grim Reaper.”