McConnell: Obama's bill-signing pen is 'starting to rust'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed Senate Democrats for the limited number of bills that have reached President Obama's desk this year.

"Since last summer, he’s barely picked up the phone. And his bill-signing pen is literally starting to rust," McConnell said of President Obama.

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McConnell argued legislating has slowed in the Senate because Democrats are focused more on the midterm elections than passing bills.

"Here’s the reason. This summer, the Democrat-controlled Senate seems to have put out a ‘Gone Campaignin'" sign of its own," McConnell said. "That's why the Democrat Senate has become a veritable graveyard for good ideas."

"In other words, Senate Democrats are on a mission this summer: to obstruct solutions for the middle class at every turn, and to prevent almost any serious legislating from occurring at all," McConnell added.

McConnell said the limited opportunities to amend legislation ran counter to the basic operations of the Senate, noting that only nine Republican and seven Democratic amendments have received roll call votes.

"This is the kind of stuff that makes Americans so mad at Washington," McConnell said. "I mean, how do you justify stifling the voices of so many senators — and the tens of millions of Americans they were sent here to represent?"