Democrats Tell McConnell to Pass Bills After 'Heel-Dragging' Impeachment Accusation: 'Do Your Job Instead of Emulating Trump'

Democratic politicians have reacted to furiously to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's accusation of "heel-dragging," flooding the Kentucky senator's Twitter account with demands that he take up hundreds of House-approved bills that remain sat on his desk.

McConnell said Monday that Congress is struggling thanks to "months of Democrat heel-dragging," primarily in the form of an "impeachment obsession" that has left "core, routine governing duties still unfulfilled."

"It is past time to get serious and pass these key bills," he argued. McConnell then went on to accuse his colleagues of "blocking funding for our armed forces and delaying the [National Defense Authorization Act], a must-pass bill for our troops."

But Democrats were quick to accuse McConnell of hypocrisy, pointing to the senator's failure to bring hundreds of bills to the floor for a vote.

McConnell appears to be blocking some legislation in order to protect or avoid angering President Donald Trump, who is scrambling to undermine an impeachment investigation and win re-election next year.

Amy McGrath, who is running against McConnell for his Kentucky Senate seat, replied to her rival noting, "We're a few weeks from the end of 2019 and there are still more than 400 House-passed bills sitting on your desk."

The Swing Left advocacy organization lent its support to McGrath, calling on followers to "retire Mitch in 2020."

Donna Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, suggested that McConnell should get in touch with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi if he needed help.

"I am sure she will personally deliver the bills the House passed, many of them bi partisan, to your office before midnight," Brazile wrote.

Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois accused McConnell of using his position to protect the president, to the detriment of Congress' work. "How about you do your job instead of emulating Trump?" he wrote on Twitter. "Gaslighting is no basis for leadership."

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who is also the vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, replied, "Look at your desk, Mitch!" She suggested the "huge pile" of bills awaiting action showed who is really at fault. "Do your job and please, tell the truth," Clark added.

Frustration spread outside the Democratic Party establishment, with other Twitter users weighing in and calling on McConnell to do his bit in breaking the deadlock. "What are you waiting for?" asked political scientist Miranda Yaver.

"You know, I'm starting to get the feeling you aren't so sincere after all in your commitment to those routine governing duties."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman/Getty Images/Getty
Democrats Tell McConnell to Pass Bills After 'Heel-Dragging' Impeachment Accusation: 'Do Your Job Instead of Emulating Trump' | Politics