The House of Representatives passed a bill to partially fund the government.
Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, then came out and said that the Senate would not consider that bill, that they wouldn't waste time on it, and that it wouldn't get passed either way (despite the fact that a similar bill actually was passed by the Senate not too long ago).
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday the Senate will not consider bills Democrats plan to vote on in the House on Thursday that would end the government shutdown but not include President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.
“The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Now I ask the obvious question: how come McConnell is in a position to decide what bill gets voted on? How does that make any sense? Doesn't that grant him enormous amount of power, as he basically can decide for himself what bill gets voted on and what doesn't get voted on? In that case, can't he just prevent voting on any bill that he himself doesn't want to see signed, thereby nullifying the power of the rest of the Senate? How in the world does any of this make sense? Doesn't he just have the entire game by the balls then?
And further, why is he claiming that the Senate won't pass the bill, when it did pass an identical bill not too long ago?