Schumer Blames GOP For Marijuana Banking Failure, But Says He’ll ‘Go Back At It Next Year’

Schumer Blames GOP For Marijuana Banking Failure, But Says He’ll ‘Go Back At It Next Year’
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says that two top Republican senators re ultimately to blame for keeping marijuana banking out of a large-scale spending package that was released on Tuesday—but he pledged to “go back at it next year.” At a Democratic Senate leadership briefing on Tuesday, the majority leader was pressed on the exclusion of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act from omnibus appropriations legislation, which supporters had hoped would be used as the vehicle for the reform during the lame duck session. Schumer placed the blame at the feet of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA), who he says objected to including the reform in the spending bill. A Senate source had said last week that the majority leader was “making a last ditch effort” to attach the cannabis banking language to the spending bill—but the majority leader wasn’t able to get the deal done. He said the issue would need to wait until the next Congress, which will see Republicans in control of the House. “We had very good bipartisan support. We had hoped to get it done,” Schumer said. “I worked for months with different Republicans, led by [Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)]—but at the last minute, both senators Toomey and McConnell opposed it.” “It is bipartisan. It has the support of many different groups. We’re going to go back at it next year,” the majority leader said. McConnell had applauded the exclusion of SAFE Banking from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill earlier this month, and he made clear that he was going to fight against attempts to advance it through appropriations as well. Toomey, meanwhile, was among a small group of senators who met with the Justice Department this month to seek assurances…

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