Of course, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who pushed the bill through the Senate, is blaming President Obama for the whole mess. After the vote, McConnell stated that "That was a good example, it seems to me, of a failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation." However, McConnell admitted during a news conference that he did not think his colleagues had given much thought to the consequences of their bill. He stated, "I think it was just a ball dropped. I wish the president — I hate to blame everything on him, and I don't — but it would have been helpful had he, uh, we had a discussion about this much earlier than last week." In fact, Obama has been talking about the dangers of this bill for months as members of the 9/11 families have been pushing it through Congress.