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Why does Mitch McConnell run the country? | READER COMMENTARY

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to open up the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to open up the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images North America/TNS)

I am confused. Does the United States actually have an executive office staffed by a nationally elected president as the leader? If this is true, why then does a senator from Kentucky have the power to control the policies, nominations, spending, etc. of the country to his liking? Who, then, is president?

There seems to be fine line between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s actions and that of a faux autocrat (”Second stimulus check updates: Trump push on $2,000 checks flops as GOP-led Senate won’t vote,” Dec. 30). In short, if there has ever been a situation when passage of legislation to limit service terms for congressional members has presented itself, Mr. McConnell’s actions and positions over the many years he has been in office are all the supporting material that is needed. One has to realize, however, that this may really be a pipe dream because Mr. McConnell will never allow any hint any of legislation attempting to accomplish this to reach the floor of the Senate.

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James McAlpine, Linthicum Heights

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