Democrats are up in arms, waiting for Trump to do something about gun control. Fake news reporters are going on and on about Trump “waiting” on providing some kind of response as to how the administration is going to deal with the gun violence. However, his hands are tied until Congress is back in session next week.
For the Democrats who are trying to get angry over nothing, they should already realize that the House and Senate don’t go back until next week. Since Pelosi herself requested that Trump uses the Constitution instead of executive action, he is doing just that. Further, Mitch McConnell has already said that he plans to bring gun control to the Senate floor as soon as they reconvene.
The various House representatives who want to relentlessly tweet about waiting for the president to do something need to understand how politics work. It’s as though, with session out, they have absolutely nothing to complain about. This means that they have to come up with things that are completely out of their control – and by doing so, they prove that they are completely out of touch with the way Congress has scheduled their breaks.
A Look at the Legislative Schedules
There are a number of non-legislative periods where Senate and House will not be in session. This includes virtually the entire month of September. They will come back on September 9. However, they only have a limited time to get work done because they will be out again for two weeks starting September 30. With weekends included, this gives them approximately 3 weeks to focus on gun control, domestic terrorism, as well as a number of other legislation that needs to be dealt with.
Congress also has to work on the budget, which means that there isn’t a lot of time to negotiate and they don’t have a lot of time to deal with disagreements between the parties. The good news is that there are quite a few bipartisan deals that are being thrown up for discussion. What’s really going to determine how well the schedules flow is if Pelosi and McConnell can agree with one another and push the necessary legislation onto their respective floors in order to get a vote.
The Dems Waste Time
The biggest problem that the Senate is going to have to deal with is how the House Dems waste time. They have been on break for four weeks, which means four weeks have passed since anyone has tried to impeach President Trump.
The only way that Congress can make good use of their three weeks in session before going out for another break is to dedicate the time to do what’s best for the American people. That means focusing on a balanced budget and sensible answers to gun violence – not trying to investigate more ways to get the president out of the office. Although the House Dems have shown time and again their distaste for the president, their antics are not what the country needs right now. Americans, regardless of the political side, have acknowledged that they want domestic terrorism to end.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke and others can point their fingers and get upset all they want, claiming that Trump isn’t getting the job done. However, his hands have been tied – and if they want to really see who did the tying, they can look at the current leader of their party – Nancy Pelosi. With her request to settle the gun violence issue using the Constitution, Congress has to get the job done, leaving Trump only available to make requests and suggest plans that he would be willing to sign off on.
What we can expect the moment that Congress reconvenes is pressure on both sides to reach a deal. Schumer has publicly expressed that the top priority in the fall will be to address gun violence – not focus on impeachment. Whether he keeps to this or not is yet to be seen. However, with his current promise in place, along with McConnell’s focus on gun violence, it’s clear that the Senate means business. The House-based legislation on universal background checks, however, is not gaining the Republican support it needs because it hurts law-abiding citizens and doesn’t help to end domestic terrorism.
For all of the Dems that want to point the finger and demand action, calm down. There are only a few more days to wait before Congress is in session long enough to do something.