Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) would like to see his Democratic colleagues spending more time in Washington, D.C., and less time on the campaign trail.
Currently, seven of the 47 senators who participate in the Democratic caucus are running to be president in 2020, including Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
There are four Democratic members of Congress in the race as well.
During an interview on Fox News, Hawley explained his frustration with his fellow senators who would rather be focusing on a presidential primary that doesn’t start for another eight months than on issues facing Americans today.
Watch Hawley’s interview below:
“It is interesting. Look, I will say this. The Democrats seem to think that they would rather just turn off the lights in Congress and do nothing and focus on 2020. It is totally dominating Washington, D.C. It shouldn’t be. We have important work to do like getting prescription drug prices down and securing the border.”
Hawley joked that “half the Democrat caucus” is running for president instead of doing their jobs on Capitol Hill, adding that “it is completely dominating the chamber.”
The Missouri senator noted that he believes there are so many Democrats focused on 2020 because they cannot get over their “hatred” for President Donald Trump.
“The hatred for this president is so overwhelming that it is preventing us from getting anything done on bipartisan solutions like health care, like the border. It is terrible,” Hawley said. “We need to move forward.”
But even if Democrats were fully focused on the current moment instead of the Iowa caucus results that won’t be ready until February, it doesn’t guarantee that Congress will suddenly be inspired by bipartisanship on issues like immigration and health care.
For now, it seems like House Democrats are focused on investigations into Trump, an effort that Senate Republicans don’t support.