U.S. Representative Billy Long
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U.S. Representative Billy Long
June 7, 2019

Calendar wasting disease

The old television ads reminded us that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. I’ve got news for you, days on a congressional calendar and taxpayer dollars are also terrible things to waste. But for five plus months now that’s what the Democrat majority in Congress has done because they didn’t approve of the 2016 election results. I would love to say that things will turn around, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Determined to derail President Trump’s agenda at every turn, the Green New Democrats continue to push for investigations that have zero substance, with the Russia investigation being the biggest. Two years and $25 million later, special counsel Robert Mueller turned in his 448-page report concluding there was no collusion between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 election. Now, the special counsel’s conclusions are not enough for them. After months and months of more political games, Mueller finally broke his silence and spoke to the public last week confirming (again) there was no collusion. But just like before, Democrats still weren’t satisfied.

Shortly after the press conference, Democrats quickly turned up the heat on talks of impeachment. Based on what evidence you ask? None. Democrats have gotten so desperate to derail President Trump’s agenda that during a recent interview Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), House Majority Whip, stated he sees impeaching the president as “inevitable.” This overly partisan statement, which is becoming more common among Democrats, proves once again that they have no interest in the facts or gathering evidence. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently said she didn’t want to see President Trump impeached, but instead wanted to see him in prison - once again without any evidence of wrong doing. His crime? Beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the same election that he did not collude with Russia on. 

Last month, Attorney General William Barr was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the Mueller report until Democrats decided to change the rules. Instead of treating Barr like any other witness, Democrats were not only going to allow members of Congress to ask questions, but also their staff. This unprecedented move again proved that Democrats were more interested in playing games than getting answers. 

And to make matters worse, Democrats announced they would vote next week to hold Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over the full and unredacted Mueller report. However, if Barr were to comply with their request he would be breaking the law due to the report including information collected by grand juries. Democrats are fully aware of this, yet still continue to ask. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it best, “After two years, the special counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same.” I strongly urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to take this advice and finally move on. The fact that these Green New Democrats continue to push the narrative of collusion even after the investigation has ended shows they have no desire to govern and only seek to obstruct and posture for the 2020 election that is 17 months away. 

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