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  • McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

    12/03/2016 7:30:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:12 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. […] Speaking in Louisville, McConnell cautioned that the law’s critics “can’t just snap your fingers and go from where we are today to where we’re headed.” He said a replacement to the health care law will be done in a “phased-in way.” …
  • BREAKING: @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell To Surrender FCC To Dems In Trade To Get His Own....

    12/03/2016 4:51:06 PM PST · by blueyon · 73 replies
    GotNews.com ^ | 12/03/16 | By Charles C. Johnson
    ""BREAKING: @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell To Surrender FCC To Dems In Trade To Get His Own #NeverTrump Staffer On FERC"" Multiple DC sources have confirmed to GotNews that an effort to give Democrats control of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for months into Trump’s presidency is actually being led by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell himself. McConnell has reached an agreement with President Barack Obama and Democratic Senator Harry Reid to trade away control of the FCC for in exchange for confirmation of his own staffer, Neil Chatterjee, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The FCC has vast jurisdiction...
  • Trump Picks Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary

    11/29/2016 11:02:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/29/2016
    In the first of what Mike Pence called "several very important announcements," Politico reports that former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is set to be announced later Tuesday as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation.The other contender for the position was former Democratic U.S. Representative from Tennessee Harold Ford.As Politico adds: Chao, who ran the Labor Department under President George W. Bush, met with the incoming president at Trump Tower last week and discussed labor and transportation policy, Trump’s transition team said then. The formal announcement is expected at 1 p.m., one source said. The wife of Senate...
  • Trump picks Elaine Chao for transportation secretary

    11/29/2016 8:22:31 AM PST · by usafa92 · 161 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/29/2016 | Phil Mattingly
    (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao, the former labor secretary and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be his choice for transportation secretary, an official briefed on the matter told CNN on Tuesday. The announcement is expected to come this afternoon. Chao served as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009 -- the longest tenure in the position since World War II -- and has been married to McConnell since 1993. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a Cabinet position. Chao also served as the deputy secretary of transportation...
  • GOP senators wary of nuking filibuster

    11/27/2016 7:28:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 64 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 11/27/16 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Republicans are wary of making a historic move to nix the filibuster despite growing pressure from conservatives. Roughly two weeks after Donald Trump's White House win, GOP lawmakers are already facing calls to overhaul Senate rules and help push through the real estate mogul's agenda. The calls to go "nuclear" are only likely to intensify next year when Democrats begin to carry out their pledge to fight Trump's agenda on areas where they disagree. ADVERTISEMENT But Senate Republicans are openly skeptical about making a rules change they believe could come back to bite them, when they are inevitably back...
  • Trump picks Steubenville theology grad to lead health care transition team [believing Catholic??]

    11/16/2016 5:38:38 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 14, 2016 | Deacoon Greg Kandra
    Senate Majority Leader advisor Andrew Bremberg will lead president-elect Donald Trump’s healthcare transition team, according to Inside Health Policy. Bremberg currently advises Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and was an advisor for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during his presidential bid. Bremberg was part of the transition team for former GOP president candidate Mitt Romney, according to the Washington, D.C.-based publication. For eight years, Bremberg served in the Department of Health and Human Services. From 2005 to 2007, he was special assistant to the Immediate Office of the Secretary and from 2001 to 2005, he was special assistant to the executive...
  • GOP votes to keep Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader

    11/16/2016 11:46:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/16/16 | ap
    Senate Republicans have re-elected Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell to be majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January and starts working on Donald Trump’s agenda. McConnell is widely popular among Republicans and his election Wednesday was by acclamation. The 74-year-old is considered a clever tactician who mixes conservative leanings with a willingness to cut bipartisan deals when necessary. McConnell was Senate minority leader for eight years before becoming majority leader when the GOP took control in 2015.
  • McConnell reelected Senate majority leader

    11/16/2016 7:50:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/16 10:19 AM EST | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is keeping his spot as the Senate’s top Republican. […] McConnell was nominated and seconded by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen.-elect Todd Young (R-Ind.). …
  • McConnell Statement on the Presidential Election

    11/13/2016 3:25:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ^ | November 9, 2016 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
    ‘After eight years of the Obama administration, the American people have chosen a new direction for our nation. President-elect Trump has a significant opportunity to bring our nation together.’WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding the Presidential election of Donald J. Trump:“I congratulate President-elect Trump on his historic election. After eight years of the Obama administration, the American people have chosen a new direction for our nation. President-elect Trump has a significant opportunity to bring our nation together.” "It is my hope and intent that we succeed in the years ahead by...
  • Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days (Turtleman & Swamp Dweller McConnell)

    11/11/2016 3:13:58 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 46 replies
    NPR ^ | November 9, 2016 | Amita Kelly & Barbara Sprunt
    On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mostly made nice with Trump but also shot down or expressed little enthusiasm in some of his plans. On Trump's proposal to impose term limits on Congress, McConnell said, "It will not be on the agenda in the Senate." McConnell has been a long-standing opponent of term limits, as NPR's Susan Davis reports. "I would say we have term limits now — they're called elections." McConnell also threw some cold water on Trump's infrastructure plans, calling it not a top priority. McConnell did say repealing Obamacare is a "pretty high item on our...
  • Mitch McConnell: No interest in term limits for Congress

    11/11/2016 3:17:45 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 64 replies
    AP via GOPUSA ^ | 11/11/16 | Anonymous
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  • GOP's Merrick Garland Delay Tactic Salvages Conservative Agenda At Supreme Court

    11/10/2016 1:33:42 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 9, 2016 | Daniel Fisher
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s audacious — and roundly criticized — decision to block President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court pending the results of the presidential election has paid off handsomely for conservatives, who until this morning had every reason to suspect the end of their long-running project to reshape the court. Donald J. Trump’s victory means the court will almost certainly have a conservative majority for years to come. Challenges to regulation by administrative fiat, class-action lawsuits and restrictions on property use will find a more hospitable court, while laws restricting abortion and promoting the rights of religious organizations...
  • McConnell hints against nuke option to kill Dem filibusters

    11/09/2016 4:29:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/9/16 2:55 PM | Susan Crabtree
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted Wednesday that he doesn’t support the controversial idea of changing Senate rules to kill Democratic filibusters, and instead indicated that this move might be seen as an overreach by Republicans. When Democrats ran the Senate, they changed the rules to allow for simple majority votes for judicial nominees, but not Supreme Court nominees, which can still be filibustered. But despite speculation that Republicans will take this next step, McConnell indicated some resistance to it when asked. He said “overreaching after an election, generally speaking, is a mistake.” And when pressed on McConnell’s approach to...
  • Trump edges ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire poll | Mitch McConnell’s strongest pro-Trump statement

    11/03/2016 10:35:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Market Watch ^ | November 3, 2016 | Robert Schroeder
    Donald Trump edges Hillary Clinton by just one point in New Hampshire with less than a week remaining before Election Day, a new poll finds. Trump beats Clinton 40% to 39%, in the latest survey of likely voters from WBUR. Clinton led Trump by three points in WBUR’s prior poll, on Oct. 12. The new survey was taken Saturday through Tuesday, after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said the agency was examining new emails related to its probe of Clinton’s private server. Other New Hampshire polls, meanwhile, have given Clinton the lead, as the RealClearPolitics average shows. McConnell’s...
  • McConnell makes his strongest case yet for Trump

    11/02/2016 6:27:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WKYT-TV ^ | November 2, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made his strongest statement yet in favor of his party's presidential nominee, telling supporters in his home state that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America." McConnell, who has warned repeatedly that Republicans could lose control of the Senate this year, has been silent on Trump in recent weeks as he has come under fire for his statements about women and his claims that the election is rigged against him...
  • On Trump, Sen. McConnell has gone from quiet to mum

    10/25/2016 8:28:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2016 11:26 AM EDT | Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. As he’s made the rounds in his home state of Kentucky this month, McConnell has either ducked reporters’ questions, or explicitly refused to address the topic he acknowledged was on everyone’s mind: His party’s presidential nominee. […] McConnell’s silence is especially notable in light of Trump’s recent complaints that the election is rigged and he might not ultimately accept the results. Despite a lifetime in public service, McConnell has offered no reaction, passing up the opportunity to defend the...
  • How Mitch McConnell won the SCOTUS fight (for now)

    10/23/2016 10:59:59 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 29, 2016 | CNN Politics
    September was not a good month for Merrick Garland. The Obama administration's efforts to reignite interest in the Supreme Court nominee fizzled. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said for the first time that if elected she would look widely for candidates rather than commit to Garland. And no mention of the shorthanded court was made in Monday's debate.
  • McConnell: Congress should discuss fixes to 9/11 law

    09/29/2016 9:49:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 12:39 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The Senate’s top Republican Thursday warned that legislation enacted over President Barack Obama’s veto to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts may have “unintended ramifications” and that lawmakers should discuss fixes to the measure. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the White House was too slow to warn about the “potential consequences” of the measure. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode Obama’s veto of the measure on Wednesday. McConnell said he told the president recently that the 9/11 victims bill “was an example of an issue that we should have talked about...
  • Obama's key internet giveaway advocate can't give a straight answer on free speech concerns

    09/23/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by bushwon · 50 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 9/14/16 | Nate Madden
    A key player of the Obama administration’s internet giveaway was unable to offer a straight answer about how the organization that handles the system’s road map would be run, or whether or not it would be moved outside of the United States. At a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing about the proposed internet giveaway at the end of the month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%) confronted Goran Marby, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for maintaining the internet’s address systems. In a particularly tense exchange with Marby, the ICANN chief...
  • Hard Evidence: ICANN & China Allied to Re-Centralize Internet

    [A number of hard-hitting snippets] ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé stated in his opening remarks, “China is going to be a central part of where the Internet community, as we know it, is heading. [snip] In addition, ICANN announced during the meeting that it would open its first global engagement office in Beijing [snip] Honorary Chairman of CNNIC’s Steering Committee stated that the “ICANN Engagement Center-Beijing would be not only a new link for ICANN to better develop and promote China's Internet community, but also a new platform for China's Internet community to better contribute to the development of the global...
  • McConnell: Senate will delay vacation to override Obama veto

    09/20/2016 11:52:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will take up an expected veto override of legislation that lets families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts before breaking for the elections. "Both of those we'll have to deal with before we depart," the Senate Republican Leader told reporters. He was referring to the veto override and a separate push to block a proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The Senate had been expected to leave town this week, but McConnell said it was "safe to say" that the Senate would be in town next...
  • Lawmakers likely to do what they do best: the bare minimum

    09/04/2016 6:43:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2016 9:31 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Lawmakers return to Washington this week for an abbreviated election-season session in which they will likely do what they do best: the bare minimum. All Congress must do this month is keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1 and, with any luck, finally provide money for the fight against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Republicans controlling Congress promise they won’t stumble now, but the weeks ahead could prove tricky. A chief motivation for the September session, especially for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is allowing lawmakers to return to campaigning as soon as possible. Republicans are scrambling to...
  • Mitch McConnell: Republicans May Lose Senate Majority

    08/13/2016 6:13:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 141 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/12/16 | Theodore Bunker
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Thursday that Republicans may lose their hold on the upper chamber of Congress in November, Politico reports. Speaking to a civic group in Louisville, Kentucky, McConnell told his home state listeners "I may or may not be calling the shots next year," according to the Associated Press.
  • McConnell: GOP chances to keep Senate are 'very dicey'

    08/11/2016 8:02:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 101 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 5:02 PM EDT | Bruce Schreiner
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate after the November elections are “very dicey,” sounding an alarm amid mounting Republican concerns about presidential nominee Donald Trump. […] Twenty-four GOP-held seats are on the ballot this year, compared with 10 for Democrats, he noted. McConnell was promoted to majority leader two years ago when a Republican surge wrested Senate control from Democrats. McConnell did not mention Trump as being a drag on Republican down-ballot races, but he chided Trump’s campaign tactics. The Kentucky senator said he hopes Trump “settles down and follows...
  • McConnell says 'great likelihood' he'll seek another term

    07/31/2016 2:29:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    ap.org ^ | 7/31/16 | ap
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that his long political career may stretch well into the next decade. The Kentucky Republican said there's a "great likelihood" he'll seek a seventh Senate term in 2020. McConnell, appearing on WKYT-TV's "Kentucky Newsmakers" program that aired Sunday, said he's "at the top of my game" and has been effective in representing Kentucky.
  • Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Defend Khizr Khan's Son's Military Service and Sacrifice

    07/31/2016 3:38:49 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 96 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2016 | Alana Abramson
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both come out with statements strongly defending Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in combat in 2004 whose father Khizr Khan made an emotional plea against Donald Trump's candidacy at the Democratic National Convention. The statements come after Trump's controversial response to the Khan family, and after a personal appeal from Khizr Khan to to both the Senate Majority Leader and the House Speaker to denounce the GOP nominee. Neither McConnell nor Ryan mention Trump by name in their statements, but the repudiation of the GOP nominee is...
  • GOP-led Senate passing bills at rate not seen in decades (added "7 week recesss???)

    07/11/2016 5:21:18 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Stephen Dinan - Wash Times
    ... Once Congress finishes this week, it will go on a seven-week recess to give both parties a chance to hold presidential nominating conventions, ahead of a five-week August break. ...
  • Mitch McConnell Praises Hillary Clinton — Day After Benghazi Report

    07/01/2016 5:53:26 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jun 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday — the day after the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report. “She’s an intelligent and capable person, no question about it,” McConnell told Time Warner Cable News, adding that he had worked well with her in the Senate and would be able to work with her as president. The Benghazi report details a pattern of incompetence, negligence, and dishonesty by Clinton and her associates. She failed to provide adequate security for U.S. diplomats in Benghazi; failed to take action to save U.S....
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 June 2016

    06/26/2016 4:32:23 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 206 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 26 June 2016 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 26th, 2016 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Robby Mook, campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Paul Manafort, adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn.
  • McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns

    06/23/2016 4:43:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. “The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell,” said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide. McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key...
  • Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft (McConnell, McCain for; Cruz against)

    06/15/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 225 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties. The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Says He Wants To ‘Deny Terrorists Guns’ After Blocking Bill That Would Have

    06/15/2016 6:05:00 AM PDT · by nevergore · 159 replies
    WSB Radio Atlanta GA ^ | 06/15/16 | NeverGore
    WSB radio announced that Mitch McConnell is expected to change his position on gun control this afternoon after his meeting with the FBI Director. This is all they stated and it was via McConnell's office. He is expected to remove his blocking of legislation. Time to make our objections known to this RINO.... Nothing on their website yet per this post but other websites at link are reporting....
  • McConnell: I might be open to “serious suggestions” on gun control after I meet with the FBI

    06/14/2016 6:51:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    twitter via Hot Air ^ | June 14, 2016 | Allahpundit
    All I have are the tweets from CBS right now. I’ll update with the full quote once it’s available. In the meantime: W-w-w-what? (TWEETS-AT-LINK) I assume he’s thinking about limiting gun purchases by people on the terror watch list, which Democrats have been pushing for months. Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for the idea yesterday — as did the Trump campaign. When Bloomberg News e-mailed Corey Lewandowski to ask if Trump still believes what he said in November that “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state, I...
  • McConnell: Senate to consider Puerto Rico aid by end of June

    06/14/2016 3:13:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2016 3:28 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate will consider a rescue package to ease Puerto Rico’s financial crisis before the U.S. territory’s $2 billion payment to creditors is due July 1. The House overwhelmingly passed legislation to create a new control board and restructure some of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt last week. The Senate is expected to take up the same bill “sometime before the end of the month,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday. Puerto Rico has already missed several payments to creditors while a lengthy recession has crippled commerce, sparked unemployment and driven hundreds of thousands of...
  • Mitch McConnell Won’t Rule Out Rescinding His Endorsement of Donald Trump (like it's needed!)

    06/11/2016 8:12:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 6/10/16 | Maggie Haberman
    The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, would not rule out the possibility of rescinding his endorsement of Donald J. Trump’s presidential bid down the road, and he described the candidate as lacking knowledge in a number of areas in an interview released on Friday. The comments from Mr. McConnell, in an interview with the “Masters in Politics” podcast on Bloomberg Politics, came as Republicans down the ballot continue to face questions about Mr. Trump’s criticism of the Indiana-born federal judge overseeing a case against Trump University as “Mexican.” Mr. McConnell has been pointed in his criticism of those remarks. It...
  • McConnell Vows: 'Obama Will Not Get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th Hour'

    06/10/2016 12:39:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 10, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed again Friday that the Senate will not confirm President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, this year. “Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” McConnell said to loud applause at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. …
  • McConnell drops effort to defund Obamacare

    06/08/2016 9:14:39 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 6/7/2016 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. President Barack Obama has already vetoed separate legislation aimed at repealing the law, and he has easily kept language to “defund Obamacare” out of the final versions of annual funding bills.
  • Mitch McConnell Complains About ‘Unreasonable’ Conservatives, Points Blame at Talk Radio

    06/08/2016 6:11:16 AM PDT · by milton23 · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/8/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes pride in his reputation as a great compromiser. But the Republican leader won’t concede on one point: He refuses to let conservatives fight the White House for lower spending levels. McConnell, R-Ky., outlined his political roadmap for government spending on Tuesday, sketching out the routes he sees available: an omnibus package, individual appropriations bills, or a government shutdown.
  • McConnell: 'Honest' to say election is about lesser of two evils

    06/07/2016 9:05:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview this week that it's an "honest answer" to say that a general election match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton represents picking the lesser of two evils. "We know for sure we have two very, very unpopular candidates.
  • Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'

    06/07/2016 8:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. …
  • Mitch McConnell Defends Pro-Illegal Immigration Judge In Trump Case:"All Of Us (Shortened)

    06/06/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is defending Trump University Judge Gonzalo Curiel from Donald Trump’s recent criticism. In particular, Trump has expressed concern that Curiel is biased against him because of Trump’s pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law, build a wall along the Southern border, and keep American jobs from going to Mexico.
  • Paul Ryan and McConnell Won’t Condemn San Jose Mob Beatings => Attack Trump Instead

    06/06/2016 1:27:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Jun 6th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    On Thursday night Trump supporters were assaulted, spit on, beaten, cold-cocked, egged, chased, tackled and bloodied as they left the San Jose Trump rally by mobs of far left, Mexican nationalist, Socialist, SEIU and anarchist thugs. Trump supporters were left bloodied and beaten in the street. The San Jose police chief admitted he held back from interfering when the conservatives were beat down in the streets. Video released on Monday shows street thugs terrorizing and beating Hispanic Trump supporters. ... Speaker Paul Ryan has posted over 50 tweets since Friday morning. Not once did he mention the Republican beatdown. Senate...
  • McConnell pushes Trump to change

    06/05/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” McConnell, who endorsed Trump, has been granting a steady stream of interviews to create buzz for his new book “The Long Game.” In the process, he’s leveled some sharp criticism at his party’s presumptive nominee. Asked about Trump’s tendency to lash out at other Republicans, McConnell retorted, it “ought to stop.” "I don't like that,” he told a Baltimore radio station. “I don't think it adds any value whatsoever to the discourse. And...
  • McConnell: Trump could alienate Latinos as Goldwater did black voters

    06/02/2016 5:35:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/2/16 7:07 PM | Anna Giaritelli
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted in a Thursday interview he is worried Donald Trump could push Latinos away from the Republican Party. McConnell compared it to the impact Barry Goldwater’s vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did with African-American voters. …
  • Cruz-McConnell tension flares anew as GOP leader casts Texan as bit player in Senate

    06/02/2016 4:57:38 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 62 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 31, 2016 | Todd J.Gillman
    Before Ted Cruz framed his presidential campaign as a crusade against the Washington “cartel,” he engaged in a series of skirmishes with fellow Republicans, in particular Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky....
  • How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

    06/01/2016 10:32:58 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/16 | Mitch McConnell
    And, though many haven’t noticed yet, the bipartisan cooperation has been good for our politics. A standard criticism of this approach is that it elevates process over policy or, worse, that it amounts to a kind of ideological surrender by Republicans. But if you want to be a U.S. senator, you need to be at peace with imperfect outcomes. The answer to Barack Obama and the left is not to rail against one’s fellow conservatives. It may turn out that Americans on the left and right don’t want the two parties to work together in an effort to reach consensus...
  • MITCH MCCONNELL: I hope Bill Kristol is 'not successful' in his efforts against Donald Trump

    05/31/2016 2:13:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 31, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday responded to Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol's weekend assertion that he would put forward a strong third-party candidate to compete with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "Well, I hope he's not successful, because that will help elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency," McConnell told Business Insider in an interview that centered on his newly released memoir, "The Long Game." "It's hard to run as an independent and be successful. You could conceivably take votes away from a right-of-center nominee and make it more likely that a liberal gets elected
  • McConnell says Trump has earned GOP nomination

    05/31/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 31, 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that while presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “a phenomenon” and political outsider, he has earned the right to the GOP nomination and the party’s support. “I think Donald Trump is a phenomenon. I don’t believe Donald Trump is going to change the Republican Party in a fundamental way. He appeals to a lot of voters, he’ll be the nominee. I don’t have any problem supporting him,” McConnell said. McConnell said Trump is helping the party reach out to voters who “have not lately voted for Republicans.” That will...
  • Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

    05/26/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. And if Republicans lose Florida they increase their odds of losing their Senate majority altogether. […] At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, subsequently took the unusual step of issuing a public statement calling Rubio a “very valuable member of the Senate” and disclosing that...
  • McConnell: 'I Suppose' Women Should Be Required to Register With Selective Service

    05/18/2016 9:22:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 7:20 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he does’t anticipate “going back to the draft,” but nevertheless, he thinks “it would be appropriate” for young women to register with the Selective Service. A reporter asked McConnell on Tuesday if he anticipates a separate Senate vote on an amendment requiring women to register for the draft. The amendment is attached to the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). […] Should women be “required to register?” the reporter asked. “I’m not sure. Required, I suppose. We’ll see. What’s in the bill? Required?” the Senate leader asked. …