Republicans Just Killed The Bill To Make Sure Troops Get Paid During Shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been busy today trying to blame Democrats for the government shutdown even though Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. The Trump administration is blaming ‘loser’ Democrats, who it claims puts party above military families. The former reality show star is also using that same rhetoric. When the government shut down in 2013, the Obama administration ensured that the military would be paid.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a resolution that would have ensured that pay for military service members and death benefits would not be disrupted.

“I don’t want one moment to pass with there being any uncertainty of any soldier anywhere in the world that they will be paid for the valiant work they do on behalf of our national security,” McCaskill said.

That sounds reasonable enough, right? Well, not to Mitch McConnell. For some reason, the Kentucky Republican objected to McCaskill’s resolution.

On Friday, McConnell said, “They will see which senators vote to shove aside veterans, military families, and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage.”

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And then on Saturday morning, McConnell killed the resolution which was proposed in order to protect the troops from Trump’s government shutdown.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted, “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”

Republicans have been trying to claim that Democrats are against the military, trying to stop payments to the troops and widows. McCaskill, a Democrat, motioned for the payments to continue during the shutdown.

McConnell, a Republican, rejected the motion.

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