The Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (right) and the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) had a rhetorical argument last week regarding who was at fault for the current decline of the Senate.
The intense political rivalry between these two senators started late last year during the nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court. This conflict spiraled further with the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Last Thursday, the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, changed the Senate rules in a manner that weakened the Democratic power to resist some of the nominees President Trump presents to the Senate – marking the third time in six years the “nuclear option” has been implemented by the Senate’s majority.
Schumer threw the first punch by indicating that McConnell’s Senate should have the lowest grade possible in regard to its legislative performance. McConnell shot back with an inference to Schumer’s father, a former Minority Leader during the Bush administration, as the original instigator to the current Senate derailment.
Moreover, this apparent deadlock between the Majority and Minority segments of the Senate on political issues has diverted the attention from urgent policies such as global warming and disaster management.
Sen. John Tester believes the current brawl in the Senate shows a gradual reduction in its relevance to the federal government. Sen. Johnny Isakson, on the other hand, believes the ongoing stalemate is just an indication of how bad things can get in the Senate if such issues are not resolved.
It is clear that the ongoing debate based on political issues is counterproductive to the implementation of policies which can actually help the American people. A policy such as the amendment of the immigration bill is more important than the politics going on in the Senate.