McConnell: Immigration Bill 'Not on the Agenda in the Senate' This Year
In an "Ingraham Angle" exclusive interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled it's unlikely that the Senate will take up immigration reform legislation this year.
McConnell told host Laura Ingraham that the Senate would not pass any immigration bill unless President Donald Trump was OK with it and willing to sign it.
“Well, I don’t know about the House, but in the Senate it’s not on our agenda,” he said. “I went to immigration early this year — wide open for amendments. The Senate did not want to pass any particular version of it.”
“Honestly, Laura, I can’t see us going back to immigration this year unless there was some proposal that the president actually was OK with and said he was willing to sign. And I don’t think he’s OK with anything that I’ve seen coming our way,” McConnell added.
“So, short answer: not on the agenda in the Senate.”
As for his decision to cancel the Senate's traditional August recess, McConnell blamed Democrats.
.@SenateMajLdr on canceling Aug. recess: "[Dems have] been slow-walking [@POTUS'] effort to not only staff up his administration, but they've made it more difficult to confirm judges as well...They're taking a lot of time, so I'm gonna give them plenty of time" @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/CSXOqoYPzE
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He accused Democrats of "slow-walking" the confirmation process for Trump's nominees, pointing out that Republicans have already had to file cloture 101 times during Trump's time in office.
He said Democrats have made it more difficult to confirm Trump's judicial nominees, as well.
"They're taking a lot of time, so I'm gonna give them plenty of time," McConnell said.
Watch the exclusive interview above.