GOP Senator Slams Senate Dems for Being More Focused on 2020 Presidential Bids Than Current Problems

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.

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Otis
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The Dumbocrats are obsessed with destroying President Trump, nothing more.

Phoenix
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Please.. you had two years to work on any of those things and you didnt. Suddenly its a priority for Dems to work with you?

Also, the house is able to investigate AND work on policy. Its done all the time.

Screwtape
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Hawley is wrong. The Dims are NOT all running. The rest are obstructing, launching spurious investigations, and doing anything BUT legislating..

Screwtape
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There was a point in the mad stampede to announce 2020 candidacy where I asked “Who’s NOT running?”

Phyllis Softa
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And Senator Hawley’s bill to address healthcare is WHERE? McConnell says healthcare won’t be addressed until AFTER the 2020 election. The Senate had bipartisan passage of the appropriations bill giving DHS 1.4 BILLION for border security. WHERE is his bill to solve the border issue? WHAT is the Senate to move forward ON?? The House has passed 247 bills and sent them to McConnell. Where are they??? As Madison reported, 7 D Senators out of 47 are running for the nomination of POTUS. Even using Republican Math, that is NOT “half the Democrat caucus.” Normal math would be 23.5 Senators.… Read more »

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