Hirono blasts McConnell’s explanation for blocking funding bills: ‘One of the lamest excuses I’ve heard’

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ Alabama abortion law sparks fears Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade The CASE Act is an opportunity for creators to have rights and remedies MORE (D-Hawaii) took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday over the Senate leader's explanation for why funding bills passed by the House would not be considered for a vote in the Senate.

In an interview with "All in with Chris Hayes," Hirono reacted to McConnell's explanation for the situation, which he said earlier this month would only be resolved by Democrats reaching a deal on border security with President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE.

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"Ultimately the solution to this is a deal between the president and Nancy and Chuck, because we need some of Chuck’s votes, and obviously, we need Nancy’s support," McConnell said, according to Politico

Hirono said that the excuse was one of the "lamest" she had heard for not bringing up appropriations bills in the Senate.

"I think that is one of the lamest excuses I've heard from somebody who has the power to bring the House-passed bills to keep the government open, and who has had no reluctance to use those powers to force a vote on eliminating the Affordable Care Act for millions of people," Hirono said.

"He had no problems using his power to prevent Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian Garland2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Merrick Garland, denied Supreme Court spot, on court set to consider Trump subpoena appeal  Warren calls for Congress to pass federal laws protecting Roe v. Wade MORE from even being considered," the senator added, referring to President Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, who never got a confirmation hearing despite being nominated with nearly a year left in Obama's second term.

"And yet he will say I have no power to bring these bills to the floor. That is so lame, and that is the excuse he gave," Hirono said.

Hirono's comments come after McConnell has pledged to not bring any spendings bills up for consideration without the president's prior approval, citing a desire not to waste time on bills that do not have White House support.

Democrats and Republican have battled for weeks over whether to fund Trump's $5.7 billion demand for wall funding and border security measures, which the president has demanded be a part of any spending bill aimed at reopening the government.

The partial shutdown dragged into its 21st day on Friday, with no immediate end on the horizon.