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  • McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters

    06/03/2020 1:01:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 02 2020 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blocked a resolution from Democrats that would have condemned President Trump after rubber bullets and gas were used on peaceful protesters near the White House. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to pass the resolution, which was introduced earlier Tuesday, by unanimous consent, meaning any one senator could block it. "If a senator objects, they should be asked if they believe Americans do not have the constitutional right to exercise the freedom of speech. ... Do they support the president's use of tear gas against people, including families, who are peacefully...
  • Judicial machine chugs along in Senate amid coronavirus pandemic

    05/26/2020 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 26, 2020 | MELISSA QUINN, GRACE SEGERS
    Washington — While the coronavirus crisis has brought most congressional action to glacial creep, the Senate machine churning out President Trump's judicial nominations is still humming. Since February 11, the Senate has confirmed nine federal judges, bringing the total number of judges on the federal bench appointed by President Trump to 196. Last week, the Senate voted to confirm three nominees to district courts and teed up votes on two more for after Memorial Day. The Senate Judiciary, meanwhile, has proceeded with the nominations of Cory Wilson to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justin Walker, tapped for...
  • Stakes high for Senator Collins in coronavirus relief standoff

    05/25/2020 8:52:19 PM PDT · by RandFan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/25/20 11:31 AM EDT | BY ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who faces the toughest reelection campaign of her Senate career, is battling her own party over coronavirus relief funding for local and state governments hit hard by the pandemic. The Maine senator, in a state where President Trump is expected to lose the presidential vote, has co-sponsored a bill that would set up a $500 billion state and municipal recovery fund. Collins scored a win during the negotiation of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act by co-authoring one of the bill’s most popular components, the small-business lending initiative known as the Paycheck Protection Program, to which Congress...
  • McConnell says Pelosi 'not in a position to be lecturing us' about what to spend time on after impeachment

    05/22/2020 12:05:02 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21 2020 | Yael Halon
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on "The Story" Thursday after she criticized Senate Republicans for focusing on issues related to Hunter Biden and Ukraine while Democratic lawmakers push for another round of coronavirus legislation. "I’d say to the speaker, after the impeachment, you are not in a position to be lecturing us about what the appropriate use of Senate time is," McConnell told host Martha MacCallum. "If the House can spend time on a baseless impeachment effort," he argued, "then we should at least have oversight on what happened to initiate...
  • McConnell says Senate 'not quite ready' to craft new stimulus: 'It won't be a $3 trillion left-wing wish list'

    05/22/2020 12:03:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21 2020 | Victor Garcia
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "The Story with Martha MacCallum" Thursday that the Senate is "not quite ready to intelligently" lay out the next coronavirus stimulus package, but added "it's not too far off." "The [CARES] Act, which passed a month or so ago on a bipartisan basis, only about half of that money has gone out yet," McConnell said. "I think there's a high likelihood we will do another rescue package, but we need to be able to measure the impact of what we've already done, what we did right, what we did wrong [and] correct that....
  • Gov. DeWine Tells Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Amy McGrath to Stop Using His Image in Ads Against Sen. Mitch McConnell

    05/18/2020 9:05:42 AM PDT · by lasereye · 6 replies
    The Ohio Star ^ | May 17, 2020 | Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
    Gov. Mike DeWine released a statement asking that Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath not use his image in an “attack ad” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Ohioans are focused exclusively on getting through COVID-19 and getting our people back to work, and I’m proud to work with partners at the local and federal level to get it done. It’s for that reason that I’m particularly disappointed with an attack ad by Amy McGrath that uses my image against my friend, Mitch McConnell,” DeWine said in a statement Saturday. “Mitch and I have worked together for a long time...
  • Trump tells McConnell 'time is running out' for him to hold Russia 'hoaxers' accountable

    05/16/2020 11:40:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16 2020 | Sam Dorman
    President Trump told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he "love[s]" him but that he should quickly move to hold accountable the people behind the "Russia collusion hoax." Trump had retweeted an article by Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway in the Federalist, shared by editor Sean Davis, which argued that McConnell wouldn't be able to confirm more judges or maintain a Republican majority without addressing the issue. "Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true," Trump tweeted. "Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got...
  • Memo To Mitch McConnell: You Won’t Get Judges If You Don’t Hold Resistance Accountable For Russia Hoax

    05/15/2020 5:53:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 15, 2020 | Mollie Hemmingway
    For Americans hoping Senate Republicans might finally engage the Russia collusion hoax seriously, last night’s interview of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by “Special Report’s” Bret Baier was a tremendous disappointment. McConnell better figure out quickly that if he doesn’t hold the Resistance accountable for the Russia hoax that harmed his party and the entire country for many years, he won’t have a majority in the next term. If it helps to motivate him, he should remember that not having the majority in the next term means he won’t get to confirm judges, an issue he hopes will be his...
  • McConnell rips Democrats for proposing marijuana 'diversity detectives' in coronavirus relief bill

    05/14/2020 3:04:12 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2020 | Andrew Blake
    Mr. McConnell took issue with the sheer number of times the new House bill mentions marijuana and criticized its requirement that the government study diversity within the nation’s cannabis industry, signaling the package is unlikely to fare well if considered in the Senate. “The word ‘cannabis’ appears in the bill 68 times. More times than the word ‘job’ and four times as many as the word ‘hire’,” Mr. McConnell complained. “Maybe it’s best if House Democrats focus on cannabis studies and leave economics to the rest of us,” he said on the Senate floor. “This is a totally unserious effort.”
  • Senate Majority Leader McConnell Pronounces Dem $3 Trillion Stimulus Bill 'Dead on Arrival'

    05/14/2020 6:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/14/2020 | Rick Moran
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate caucus took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion extravaganza of waste and delusion and declared the package “dead on arrival.” In truth, it was dead before it was born. Donald Trump doesn’t want another massive bailout bill and Mitch McConnell isn’t keen on the idea either. So, with an eye on November — and as a sop to their rabid, radical constituencies — House Democrats loaded up a “stimulus” bill with every left-wing fantasy, desire, wet dream, and “transformation” of the U.S. they could muster and threw it against a wall...
  • Ex-RNC chair: McConnell shouldn't tell 'grown ass black man' Obama to keep his mouth shut

    05/13/2020 4:44:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 103 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 12, 2020 | Madison Dibble
    On Monday, McConnell did an interview with Team Trump Online about recent remarks made by Obama on Trump's response to the coronavirus. McConnell said that he believed Obama should have "kept his mouth shut" rather than criticizing Trump. In response, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele trashed McConnell for condemning Obama. "I'm sure Mitch is aware that a grown ass black man who happens to be a former president has agency to speak his mind on how his successor is managing this crisis, especially since his successor has yet to keep 'his mouth shut' about him," Steele tweeted.
  • Senate considers controversial Trump circuit court pick in socially distant hearing

    05/06/2020 10:53:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 6, 2020 | Tyler Olson
    With the Senate back to business in Washington, D.C., this week, the body moved ahead with what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said is his top priority -- confirming judges -- this time with the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a tense hearing for a Trump nominee named to a powerful slot on the nation's second-highest court. The committee Wednesday considered the nomination of Judge Justin Walker to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, also known as the D.C. Circuit, the first step to confirming the 37-year-old judge after he was nominated early last month. The...
  • McConnell, Schumer spar over health of lawmakers as Senate convenes for first time in weeks

    05/04/2020 2:55:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2020 | Andrew O'Reilly
    The Senate on Monday convened for the first time since March 25 as Democrats and Republicans clashed over the health of senators, as well as GOP efforts to confirm federal judges amid the coronavirus pandemic. Calling his fellow lawmakers “essential workers” as he defended the decision to return to the Senate amid the outbreak, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., roundly criticized Democrats for obstructing the confirmation of judges and key government posts for months and forcing the Senate to hold roll calls and floor votes during the public health crisis. “The deadly coronavirus does not take time off...
  • Mnuchin says Trump 'absolutely prepared' to provide more coronavirus relief money if needed

    05/04/2020 8:56:02 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 29 replies
    Fox Business via MSN ^ | 5/4/20 | Megan Henney
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday the Trump administration is prepared to back additional stimulus money to blunt the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic if necessary. "If we need to put more money out to support American business and American workers, the president is absolutely prepared to do that," Mnuchin told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Monday.
  • Judge Justin Walker: Tough and Qualified for the DC Circuit

    05/04/2020 3:42:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 5/4/20 | Garrett Ventry
    Donald Trump’s most lasting legacy will be his appointments to the federal bench. In his tenure so far, the Senate has confirmed 193 judges, 51 of whom were circuit judges. All were nominated by President Trump. Indeed, President Trump and the Senate have confirmed federal appellate judges faster than any other president in U.S. history. For all judges, President Trump’s rate is the second fastest. The Senate returns to Washington next week, and on the agenda is another stellar judicial nominee, Judge Justin Walker. Walker is the quintessential Trump appointee. He’s young, he has impeccable legal credentials, and he has...
  • NJ Gov Murphy “Shreds” McConnell

    04/23/2020 6:15:52 AM PDT · by FlipWilson · 81 replies ^ | 4/23/20 | Brent Johnson
    Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday launched into a fiery takedown of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying state and local governments with cratered finances because of the coronavirus pandemic should be allowed to file for bankruptcy rather than rely on federal aid. “My breath is taken away,” Murphy, a Democrat, said of the Kentucky Republican during his daily coronavirus press briefing in Trenton.
  • Dems resist Senate GOP push to confirm judges, including ex-Kavanaugh clerk, amid coronavirus

    04/29/2020 2:48:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2020 | Tyler Olson
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of Democrats calling on Senate Republicans to pause their efforts to confirm federal judges when the Senate returns on May 4 amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the GOP seems less interested in passing further measures to combat the virus than they are in putting more of President Trump's nominees on the federal bench. "The GDP just had its biggest drop since the Great Recession, the United States has surpassed one million confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, and we still don’t have adequate testing," Schumer said in a statement....
  • Mitch McConnell plans to confirm Donald Trump's nominations for federal judges when Senate returns to Washington over advice of Capitol Hill physician

    04/29/2020 11:51:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:17 EDT, 29 April 2020 | Nikki Schwab
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be back to prioritizing President Trump’s judicial nominations when the Senate returns to Washington on Monday. A Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for a controversial judicial pick has been slated for Tuesday, according to NBC News, which will be one of the first things senators tackle when work resumes. House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will no longer come back to D.C. on May 4, due to health concerns expressed by the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. “There was a risk to members that he would not recommend taking,” said House Majority...
  • McConnell vows next coronavirus aid bill 'won't pass the Senate' without business liability protection

    04/28/2020 3:47:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2020 | Charles Creitz
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News Tuesday he will not consider any additional coronavirus aid legislation unless it includes liability or litigation protections for businesses and employees seeking to come back to work. "We can't pass another bill unless we have liability protections. That's the only way we're going to ultimately begin to get past this," McConnell told "Your World with Neil Cavuto". "We have to have businesses brave enough to open up again and employees brave enough to go back to work. And I'm glad to see that some of the states are beginning to move...
  • House Republican dubs Mitch McConnell the 'Marie Antoinette of the Senate'

    04/24/2020 3:58:28 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24,200 | By Sam Dorman
    Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., had some harsh words for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after the latter suggested that state governments should be able to declare bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. ".@senatemajldr McConnell’s dismissive remark that States devastated by Coronavirus should go bankrupt rather than get the federal assistance they need and deserve is shameful and indefensible," King tweeted Wednesday. "To say that it is 'free money' to provide funds for [...] cops, firefighters and healthcare workers makes McConnell the Marie Antoinette of the Senate," he added.