McConnell maintains that Senate won't take up election reform bill

McConnell maintains that Senate won't take up election reform bill
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-Ky.) maintained Wednesday that the upper chamber wouldn't take up a House election reform bill.

McConnell reiterated his position when pressed about why he has only pledged to bring the progressive Green New Deal to the floor for a vote and not the election reform bill.

"Because I get to decide what we vote on," McConnell quipped.

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The Kentucky senator said earlier this week that House Democrats' sweeping anticorruption bill, known as H.R. 1, would never become law.

"This sprawling 622-page doorstop is never going to become law. I certainly don't plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate," McConnell said of the legislation Monday.

The legislation aims to expand voting rights by creating automatic voter registration and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers.

McConnell, who as Senate GOP leader controls the chamber's floor schedule, acknowledged that "there's always improvements and reforms to be made, but this certainly isn't."

Meanwhile, McConnell has vowed to force a vote on the Green New Deal resolution before the August recess.

The resolution, which was introduced last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyKennedy, Markey neck-and-neck in Massachusetts primary: poll Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Mass.), calls for the federal government to make bold reforms as part of an effort to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

McConnell argued last month that Democrats were trying to avoid going on record about the liberal policy aimed at combating climate change.

"The only thing I would ask is if this is such a popular thing to do and so necessary, why would one to dodge the vote. This is an opportunity to go on record. … It's a debate we'll have in all likelihood sometime before the August break," McConnell said.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge Schumer confirms spending K on cheesecake in 10 years: 'Guilty as charged' MORE (D-N.Y.) has criticized McConnell's motives, arguing that his plan to force a vote on the progressive proposal is a "diversion" from having a debate on climate change.

"The games they are playing here will have no meaning. This is not a debate. It's a diversion. It's a sham," Schumer said from the Senate floor last month.