Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), a leading conservative and member of the House Freedom Caucus, is going to lead a special order on the floor of the House of Representatives highlighting the U.S. Senate’s failure to legislatively consider President Donald Trump’s agenda.
A “special order” in the House is when members take to the House floor to deliver speeches in sequence on a particular topic for a set amount of time—designed to draw focus to issues of importance.
“The House has passed over 308 bills that now sit languishing in the Senate,” Buck told Breitbart News on Thursday morning. “We’ve passed legislation to protect Americans from violent illegal immigrant felons, to repeal Dodd-Frank, and to end late-term abortions. The American people expect the Senate to act, and tonight we’re going to take to the House floor to remind the upper chamber about all of the important bills we’ve sent their way.”
The special order, which will last about an hour, will begin around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday evening—as soon as votes are over in the House. As many as a dozen other House conservatives will join Buck on the floor to highlight the U.S. Senate’s failure to consider legislation that would push forward President Trump’s agenda.
Bills that the House has passed that languish in the GOP-controlled Senate include Kate’s Law, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act that crushes sanctuary cities, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, and the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017—among hundreds of others.
The hope of these conservatives is that they can continue to build pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get the legislation through the Congress’s upper chamber.