McConnell Blasts Democrats Over Plans To Add Marijuana Banking To Defense Bill

McConnell Blasts Democrats Over Plans To Add Marijuana Banking To Defense Bill
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sharply criticized Democrats on Tuesday for seeking to include marijuana banking reform and other “pet priorities” in a large-scale defense bill. While the text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has not yet been posted, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have been pushing to include language from the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, and possibly additional cannabis reforms. McConnell said Democrats should have used their majorities to move that legislation on a standalone basis outside of the defense legislation if they wished to enact it. Disagreements over other, unrelated provisions of the NDAA caused the House Rules Committee to delay consideration on Monday. It’s unclear when the final text will be released. “House and Senate Democrats are still obstructing efforts to close out the NDAA by trying to jam in unrelated items with no relationship whatsoever to defense,” McConnell said on the floor on Tuesday. “We’re talking about a grab bag of miscellaneous pet priorities—making our financial system more sympathetic to illegal drugs or the phony, partisan permitting reform and name-only language that’s already failed to pass the Senate earlier this year.” “If Democrats wanted these controversial items so badly, they had two years to move them across the floor,” he said. “Heck, they could have scheduled those matters for votes this week. But no, we’re doing more mid-level nominations, while Democrats keep threatening to take our Armed Forces hostage over those extraneous matters.” McConnell has consistently called out Democrats for pursuing modest cannabis reform as part of broader legislation, including earlier this year when SAFE Banking was attached to the House version of the America COMPETES Act. Meanwhile, details about the so-called SAFE Plus package that lawmakers have been negotiating are emerging, including…

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