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Dem senator: McConnell turning Senate into ‘very expensive lunch club’

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) knocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday, saying the GOP leader has turned the chamber into “a very expensive lunch club” amid a slow legislative agenda.
 
“Three times a week the Senate Republicans meet for lunch. … And occasionally they walk into that chamber and take a vote or two or three on judges. That is the sum total of the Senate’s work today. Mitch McConnell has effectively turned the United States Senate into a very expensive lunch club,” Murphy told reporters.
 
Democrats have seized on Republicans’ focus on President Trump’s nominations in the wake of a rules change that drastically cut down on the amount of time it takes to confirm most picks, accusing McConnell of turning the Senate into a “legislative graveyard.”{mosads}
 
Votes on legislation have slowed to a crawl, after a bipartisan disaster aid bill stalled amid fighting over Puerto Rico. Republicans have acknowledged that nominations are their priority for the foreseeable future, after accusing Democrats of slow-walking them during Trump’s first two years.
 
For his part, Murphy pushed Tuesday for the Senate to take up background check legislation, after the House passed bill earlier this year. 
 

“It’s time for the Senate to stop being a legislative graveyard and start doing the work of the American people, and the background checks bill would be a good place to start,” he said. 

 
McConnell touted himself recently amid the two-week April recess as the “Grim Reaper” for progressive policies, including the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. 

Democrats tried to turn the nickname around on McConnell on Tuesday.

“Without a shred of irony, he has fashioned himself the senators’ Grim Reaper and seems to be proud of the title. That is not what the American people want,” Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters.
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