On Tuesday, the US Senate finally passed a resolution to honor recently deceased former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) had been holding up the resolution over the resolution’s word choice. Fighting him on that was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Menendez was reportedly offended by McConnell’s language, which Menendez thought insulted other countries. McConnell, meanwhile, reportedly felt that Menendez wanted to water down the resolution to a very basic play-by-play of Thatcher’s life, ignoring the Falklands Island dispute and Thatcher’s role in the deployment of a nuclear deterrent in Europe. One GOP aide toldThe Hill, “The Democratic resolution attempts to black out history,” and said that the Democrats attempted to remove language quoting Thatcher as stating, “all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.”
Menendez’s spokesperson finally told The Hill that he would not hold up McConnell’s resolution, which passed late Tuesday.