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  • McConnell guarantees Gorsuch will be confirmed on April 7

    03/28/2017 3:13:13 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    POLITICO ^ | March 28, 2017 | Burgess Everett
    Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court on April 7, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed on Tuesday. “He’ll be on the floor of the Senate next week and confirmed on Friday,” McConnell told reporters. “We are optimistic that [Democrats] will not be successful in keeping this good man from joining the Supreme Court real soon.”
  • Schumer promises Gorsuch filibuster, so McConnell, McCain, and Graham tease Reid's 'nuclear' option

    03/24/2017 10:17:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/17 | Robert Laurie
    Whatever it takes. This is a knife fight for the future of the country Whether you like to refer to it as “The Nuclear Option,” the “rule change,” or “The Reid Option,” know this: Rumors of its usage for the Neil Gorsuch appointment are everywhere. You’ll recall that, back in January, Chuck Schumer said “If they don’t appoint somebody good, we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.” Then, just a few sentences later, he admitted that there really was no judge that Trump would nominate who Democrats could back. He basically promised endless filibuster in a doomed effort to...
  • AP Interview: McConnell rejects Trump's foreign aid cuts

    03/21/2017 5:01:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2017 3:02 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump’s budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research. “Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I can’t recall any time in which we have been sort of dictated to by either a Republican or a Democratic president,” McConnell said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’ll put our own imprint on it, particularly with regard to overseas.” […] “America being a force is a lot more than building up the Defense Department,”...
  • Trump nominates Indian-origin Amul Thapar to top judicial post (6th Circuit)

    03/20/2017 11:36:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Tribune ^ | March 21, 2017 | Press Trust of India
    An Indian-American legal luminary has been nominated by US President Donald Trump to a key judicial position on the powerful US court of appeals. Amul Thapar, 47, who in 2007 became the first South Asian Article III judge when he was appointed as a US District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky, is the first Indian-American to be nominated by Trump for a top judicial post yesterday. If confirmed by the Senate, Thapar will be part of the powerful US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. Thapar was among the 20...
  • McConnell: Federal job creation agency won't be cut

    03/20/2017 5:05:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 2:17 PM EDT
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll fight a proposal to eliminate a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs. McConnell told WYMT-TV Saturday that he’s opposed to the proposal to do away with the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is contained in President Donald Trump’s budget for Fiscal 2018. In fact, McConnell said, “We are not going to allow any cuts” to the commission. …
  • White House Pushes Back on McConnell: We're Getting Tax Reform Done By August

    03/09/2017 12:17:49 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 69 replies
    Townhall ^ | 3/9/2017 | Katie Pavlich
    But the White House is strongly pushing back on McConnell's increased timeline, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying the August deadline for a comprehensive tax overhaul still stands. "I think we feel confident that we're going to get a lot done," Spicer said.

    03/03/2017 12:11:50 PM PST · by Lester Jackson · 14 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | March 3, 2017 | Lester Jackson, Ph.D,
    Is the GOP Trying to Kill President Trump? March 3, 2017/by Lester Jackson I have long maintained that the Republican Party is a greater threat to representative democracy than the Democrats. Although they seek to misrepresent themselves, it is no secret what to expect from Democrats. But when Republicans lie to voters with repeatedly broken promises to resist the Democrats, voters are stripped of any election choice on controversial issues. Although it is clearly the function – and obligation – of a second major party to provide opposition, Republicans repeatedly have lied to get elected and then joined forces with...
  • Trump's Senate Saboteurs

    03/03/2017 6:35:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2017 | Fran Fawcett Peterson
    American Thinker Trump's Senate Saboteurs By Fran Fawcett Peterson March 3, 2017 The Republican-controlled Senate is to blame for only 17 Trump confirmations so far. Trump has 1242 more needing Senate approval, or the number may be as low as 500, it's hard to pin down. Republicans are to blame because they are in the majority and thus in control of the schedule. Given the Senate’s vacation schedule, officially “state work period,” there is an almost impossibility of Trump getting all 1242 appointees confirmed in four years even if they worked round the clock. If the figure is only 500...
  • Mitch McConnell: The Expansionist Swamp Must Be Fully Funded

    02/28/2017 12:38:44 PM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 28, 2017 | Sundance
    I shall just keep quiet and allow Mitch to speak for himself. It’s amazing how the talking points of the UniParty take flight:
  • Exclusive—Regnery: Anti-Trump Democrats’ Best Allies Are Senate Republicans

    02/26/2017 10:04:10 AM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | 25 Feb 2017 | ALFRED S. REGNERY
    So far, the Senate has confirmed 14 of the 549 senior federal positions that President Trump needs to run the government and who need Senate confirmation—Cabinet secretaries and people who run the departments, bureaus, agencies and the rest of the government. The rest of the government is being run by career bureaucrats and a few Obama holdovers. There are another 120 vacant federal judgeships and, of course, the Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. Each requires Senate approval. White House staff is busily choosing and vetting candidates for the rest of the positions, and there undoubtedly will be many...
  • Mitch McConnell says he doesn't see the press as the enemy

    02/23/2017 9:12:26 PM PST · by detective · 39 replies
    MSN News ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | Alan He
    Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected the idea expressed by President Trump that media were the enemies or the opposition on Thursday. “I don’t view you guys as the enemy. I view that you have a job to do,” the leader of the Senate Republicans told reporters at a press conference. “I expect adversarial questions. And you rarely disappoint me. And I think its part of what make America function,” McConnell said. “We need a free and open press and we certainly have that and so that’s my view.” Around the same time that McConnell made those comments, White House senior...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell greeted by angry protesters for third straight day

    02/23/2017 8:18:11 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    Spectrum News Pure Politics ^ | 2/23/2017 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT – For the third consecutive day, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was greeted by angry protesters before speaking at an event in downtown Covington. McConnell was in northern Kentucky to address members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as well as the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The concerns of the protesters ranged from repeal of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s involvement with Russia, the loosening of EPA regulations and the feeling that McConnell was not listening to them. ... McConnell said after his speech is that he has listened and understands the protesters concerns. He just...
  • McConnell greeted by hundreds of protestors in Anderson County

    02/21/2017 4:18:29 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 38 replies
    Spectrum News Pure Politics ^ | 2/21/2017 | Don Weber
    LAWRENCEBURG – Between 700 and 800 protestors greeted U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as he spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg. Democratic Party of Kentucky Communications Director Daniel Lowry said the protestors came from across the state to send McConnell a message. “They don’t appreciate the things that he has done such as vote against workers, voting against the minimum wage hike, and he has shut down Senator Warren,” Lowry said. “That made a lot of folks upset.” Jennifer Lawless of Louisville came to voice her concern to McConnell...
  • Ky. Dems: "Make Mitch Listen in Louisville on Feb. 22"

    02/21/2017 4:08:38 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Ky. Dems ^ | February 22, 2016 | Kentucky Democrat Party
    Mitch won't answer phone calls. He runs from us at the airport. He thinks he can silence Sen. Warren and her reading of the Coretta Scott King Letter. He orchestrated the DeVos confirmation. This is the tip of the iceberg. We are working to #DitchMitch. Let him know what you think on Feb. 22 in Louisville at 11 am. Louisville Marriott East 1903 Embassy Square Blvd Jeffersontown, KY 40299
  • Ryan & McConnell fail to move Trump Agenda Forward...Replace them!!!

    02/21/2017 8:13:34 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 39 replies
    It has been just about two months since the Congress has been back in session from January 3rd. Neither Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell have been profiles in courage in working to advance the "Trump" congressional agenda or, getting "Trump" nominees approved by the Senate. The POTUS election took place on November,8, 2016, some four months ago!!! Neither of these two gents have held their caucuses in non-stop sessions, like working through weekends and cancelling, recesses, or working them 12 hours per day, including weekends, etc. Shame on them!!!! They both have had more then ample time to get things...
  • Sen. McConnell: How I Helped Trump Win The White House

    02/20/2017 11:15:52 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/21/17 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell says he was surprised Donald Trump won on election night last year. That may be true, but no one more brilliantly or shrewdly set the wheels in motion for President Trump's victory than the Senate majority leader from Kentucky.
  • President Trump is just Rubio or Bush with a Twitter account, Mitch McConnell says

    02/19/2017 1:28:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sean Cockerham
    Republican President Donald Trump’s first month in office is the sort of beginning that any other Republican president may have had, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday. “As I look at what we might have expected from a President Mitt Romney or a President Marco Rubio, or a President Jeb Bush at the beginning of their tenures in office, I can’t see much difference between what President Trump is doing and what they would have done,” McConnell, R-Ky. told a Capitol news conference. Trump’s chaotic first month has included an appeals court rejection of his travel ban on citizens...
  • McConnell: 'Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed'

    02/16/2017 7:29:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/15/17 | Susan Ferrechio
    Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court even if Democrats do not provide the eight votes needed to break a filibuster, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday in an interview that seemed to hint at a possible change to Senate rules to approve President Trump's nominee over Democratic objections.
  • Reebok releases McConnell inspired T-shirt

    02/13/2017 7:29:21 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 27 replies
    Spectrum News Pure Politics ^ | 2/13/2017 | Madeline Janicki
    The words U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to end a floor speech from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have become a rallying cry among feminists and Democrats, and now Reebok is putting the phrase on a shirt. Last Tuesday, McConnell, R-Kentucky, defended the use of rule 19, a regulation that bars Senators from speaking negatively about one another during debate over U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s Attorney General. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said on the Senate floor ending Warren’s speech. Reebok has now turned part of McConnell’s rebuke, “Nevertheless...
  • McConnell sets up votes on six Trump nominees

    02/13/2017 6:20:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    © Getty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is teeing up votes on six additional Trump nominees as Republicans try to end a Democratic slow walk of the president's picks. McConnell filed cloture on Monday night for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Wilbur Ross to head the Commerce Department, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be the Interior secretary, Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Energy secretary. The move sets up initial...
  • Lefty Outrage Expands: 'Resistance' Mob Pickets Mitch McConnell's House

    02/13/2017 2:12:07 PM PST · by detective · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 13, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Targeting politicians at their homes may feel like yet another escalation by the outrage mob, but this isn't the first time they've resorted to that particular tactic. During Wisconsin's period of left-wing agitation, Gov. Scott Walker and his allies found themselves besieged at their private residences over the political crime of legitimately passing needed (and empirically successful) budget reforms. The Trump administration is now installed in Washington, which has fueled violent riots and ugly confrontations over pro-Trump speakers, and ridiculous incidents like the Betsy DeVos blockade we covered on Friday. The latest object of Team Resistance's ire is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose...
  • Republicans Should Make Elizabeth Warren The Voice Of Democrats

    02/09/2017 5:15:52 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/9/17 | David Harsanyi
    First of all, despite the martyr act, no one has the power to “silence” Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, the impulse to silence Warren is completely rational, and it has nothing to do with her gender, ancestry, or ideology. It has everything to do with her sanctimonious lecturing, habitual dishonesty, and disregard of “norms.” She’s been a bully her entire career.But when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled Rule 19, which prohibits all members from taking to the floor and “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to...
  • Senate Votes To Gag Elizabeth Warren After Anti-Sessions Outburst

    02/08/2017 12:28:59 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 131 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    ollowing a scathing speech against Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Senator Elizabeth Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama," violating the so-called 'Rule 19'. By a vote of 49-43, Senator Warren was then barred from speaking on the floor until Senator Sessions nomination debate is complete (likely tomorrow evening).... McConnell defended the decision, noting Warren had been warned. "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation," he said after the vote. "Nevertheless, she persisted."
  • McConnell: Warren’s blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules

    02/07/2017 6:09:42 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 127 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/07/17 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of breaking the Senate’s rules with a blistering floor speech against Sen. Jeff Sessions’s attorney general nomination. The Senate’s top Republican interrupted Warren’s speech to argue that she was violating the upper chamber’s rules, despite an initial warning by GOP Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the Senate.
  • Democrats May Be On The Verge Of Becoming A 'Permanent Minority' Party

    02/07/2017 5:32:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2017 | Stewart Lawrence
    Remember when Democrats predicted the imminent decline of the GOP? The theory was that Republicans were so out of touch with women and ethnic minorities that they would soon be relegated to the status of a "permanent minority" - supported only by Southern white men and incapable of recapturing the White House. Donald Trump’s victory has put an end to this fantasy. Now it's the Democrats who are facing their own "doomsday" scenario. [Snip] For Democrats, who've grown accustomed to having their way in national politics, it's like staring into the abyss. Note: The entire article recounts the terrible state...
  • McConnell: No Federal Money for Investigating Voter Fraud

    02/06/2017 3:46:35 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 113 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 2-5-2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he would not spend federal funds investigating what President Trump says is “massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.” McConnell told CNN’s Jake Tapper that, although there are instances of voter fraud, he believes that it’s not “as widespread as Trump claims” and that combating voter fraud should be an issue “best left to the states” instead of the federal government.“Election fraud does occur,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding that “there’s no evidence that occurred in such a significant number that it would have changed the presidential election.”
  • As Trump Criticizes 'So-Called Judge,' McConnell Says, Let the Courts Decide

    02/06/2017 6:02:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2017 | 7:27 AM EST | Susan Jones
    In a series of nine tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump defended his executive order temporarily suspending immigration from seven terrorist-infiltrated countries, and he slammed the federal judge in Washington State who temporarily blocked the order, calling him a “so-called judge” in one of his tweets. The liberal media seized on that remark. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), asked if he had “concerns” about Trump’s comment, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, “Yes, I think it is best not to single out judges for criticism. We all get disappointed from time to time at the outcome...
  • Skeptical McConnell distances from Trump on Russia, travel ban

    02/05/2017 1:28:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Alexander Bolton -
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has labored mightily to avoid criticizing President Trump, but two weeks into the new administration, it’s getting harder to downplay their differences. On Sunday, McConnell told CNN he disagreed with Trump’s view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, questioned the president’s claim of massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election and cautioned against the administration going too far with restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.
  • Senate Republican Leader McConnell Distances Himself From Trump Stances

    02/05/2017 10:58:16 AM PST · by Cubs Fan · 76 replies
    Asked about Mr. Trump’s recent reference to the “so-called judge’’ that ruled against the president’s executive order on immigration and refugees, Mr. McConnell again distanced himself from the White House. “I think it’s best not to single out judges for criticism. We all get disappointed from time to time … but I think it’s best to avoid criticizing judges individually,’’ he said. Mr. McConnell also poured cold water on the pledge by Mr. Trump to launch a national investigation of voter fraud. The president has claimed, without evidence, that millions of people voted fraudulently in the presidential election. If there’s...
  • [McConnell's Desultory] Senate Calendar

    02/04/2017 8:41:27 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 14 replies
    US Senate ^ | 2/4/2017 | US Senate
    The Majority leader owns the Senate Calendar. Here is the blistering pace that the turtle has set for confirmation votes since the Jan 20th inauguration On the Cloture Motion: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Elisabeth DeVos to be Secretary of Education PN37 Feb 03 51 (52-47) Passed On the Joint Resolution: H.J.Res. 41; A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to "Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers". H.J.Res. 41 Feb 03 50 (52-48) Agreed to On the Motion to Proceed:...
  • Use Senate rules to break Supreme Court filibuster

    01/31/2017 10:37:47 PM PST · by TBP · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2017 | James I. Wallner
    Fortunately, invoking the nuclear option isn’t the only way a Senate majority can confirm a Supreme Court justice in the face of minority obstruction. In a recent Heritage Foundation paper, Ed Corrigan and I detail how Senate rules empower a majority to overcome a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee — without having to invoke cloture or using the nuclear option. Specifically, a majority may use Rule XIX (the two-speech rule) to shorten the amount of time members are able to filibuster. This rule prohibits any senator from giving more than two speeches on any one question during the same...
  • Drudge slams GOP Congress for making Trump 'do everything alone'

    01/30/2017 8:49:25 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/30/2017 | JOE CONCHA
    Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge slammed the GOP-led Congress in a rare tweet Monday, accusing the party's lawmakers of hanging President Trump "out to dry" on issues like taxes and ObamaCare. "Congress hanging The Donald out to dry. Making him do everything alone! Despicable. No tax cuts, no Obamacare repeal. NOTHING," wrote Drudge, an ardent Trump supporter. {.. snip ..}
  • Democrats consider backing off big battle over Trump's Supreme Court pick

    01/30/2017 8:20:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2017 | Manu Raju and Ted Barrett
    Senate Democrats are weighing whether to avoid an all-out war to block President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court pick, instead considering delaying that battle for a future nomination that could shift the ideological balance of the court, sources say. Democrats privately discussed their tactics during a closed-door retreat in West Virginia last week. And a number of Democrats are trying to persuade liberal firebrands to essentially let Republicans confirm Trump's pick after a vigorous confirmation process -- since Trump is likely to name a conservative to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The reason for the tactic: Republicans are...
  • McConnell: We don’t have religious tests in this country [barf]

    01/29/2017 3:11:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | January 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM | Kelsey Snell and Abby Phillip
    Several top Senate Republicans raised concerns Sunday that President Trump’s order to halt the admission of refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries had not been properly vetted and could harm the relationship between the United States and key allies. […] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cautioned that the United States does not have a religious test for entry into the country, though he stopped short of rejecting the order in its entirety. McConnell said that Muslims, both in the United States and abroad, are key allies in the fight against terrorism and urged caution in regard to Trump’s...
  • Mark Levin: What?!? I'll address this on LevinTV & radio on Monday.

    01/28/2017 3:01:13 PM PST · by conservative98 · 168 replies
    Mark Levin Twitter ^ | January 28, 2017 | Mark Levin
    Mark R. Levin ‏@marklevinshow 9h9 hours ago What?!? I'll address this on LevinTV & radio on Monday.
  • Vanity-SEante Leader, McConnell kneels before Democrat, Schumer, betrays POTUS, Trump!!!

    01/23/2017 6:26:07 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 31 replies
    As usual...."weak sister" Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, bowed to the demands of Senate Democrat, Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer regarding the approval voting on POTUS Trump's cabinet nominees, etc. McConnell, as the Senate leader could have & should have, forced the Democrat Senators and the entire Senate to stay in unending session through this past weekend, in order to gain the approval of all of DJT'a cabinet nominees. Instead, McConnell opted to bow to the whims & wishes of "no political power" Democrat minority leader, Chuck Shumer!!! If McConnell has any back bone or spine in defense of his...
  • McConnell predicts Senate will confirm every Trump Cabinet nominee [Healthcare: Power to States]

    01/22/2017 7:37:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/22/17 10:00 AM | Sarah Westwood
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Sunday that Republicans in his chamber would confirm all of President Trump's remaining Cabinet nominees, even though the GOP has struggled to overcome Democratic roadblocks and confirmed only two nominees so far.
  • Ryan and McConnell agree: No long delay in passing an ObamaCare replacement

    01/10/2017 12:22:40 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/10/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Lickety-split. I don’t know if the repeal-and-delay talk was just a trial balloon, or if it was never really under serious consideration. But there was never much enthusiasm - from the conservative base or from anyone else - for the idea of repealing ObamaCare quickly but then taking an extended period of time to come up with a replacement. And apparently both Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have gotten the message.
  • McConnell: Dems should 'grow up' and consider Trump nominees

    01/08/2017 5:27:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2017 2:35 PM EST
    Republicans on Sunday defended their party against Democratic complaints that Congress is being forced to consider nominees for Donald Trump’s administration without completed ethics reviews. “All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I understand that,” he added, “but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.” …
  • Schumer: Trump better pick a mainstream Supreme Court nominee, or else

    01/04/2017 11:43:26 AM PST · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 201 | Ed Morrissey
    Or else what? Chuck Schumer’s leverage to obstruct the next nominee to the Supreme Court was almost as incoherent as his demand for a “mainstream” nominee. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night, Schumer followed that demand up with an acknowledgment that Democrats wouldn’t consider any nominee mainstream if he or she had full Republican support. That leaves us with … what, exactly? Knee-jerk obstructionism:
  • McConnell Tells McCain and Graham ‘Knock it Off’ (RE: "The Vast Russian Conspiracy”)

    01/03/2017 7:00:27 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 87 replies
    Today a Politico article reveals the John McCain/Lindsey Graham push to create an international crisis with Russia has found push-back from an unlikely source, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. (Politico) John McCain and Lindsey Graham are backing off of their push for a select committee on cybersecurity after Russian interference in the election, bowing to the political reality that the Senate Republican Conference largely does not back their idea. […] “We’re just going to move with the individual committees and see how that works. If it doesn’t work, we’ll regroup,” [Lindsey] Graham said in an interview. The House Intelligence Committee Chairman...
  • Cruz, DeSantis push for congressional term limits

    01/03/2017 8:34:35 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 3, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington. "The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people," Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.” Under an amendment the two GOP lawmakers filed on Tuesday, House members would be allowed...
  • Trump tells Schumer he likes him more than other GOP leaders

    01/03/2017 2:26:29 PM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 1, 2017 | Aaron Short
    Donald Trump told Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer in a phone call he likes him more than his GOP brethren House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a source close to the transition team said. During a recent phone call, the president-elect “said to Schumer he likes Schumer more than Ryan and McConnell because they both wanted him to lose,” the source said. “They are Republicans and Trump knows they didn’t support him.”
  • Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

    01/03/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 03, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from resolving a handful of cases because of a 4-4 split and probably discouraged the justices from accepting other cases because of the possibility of a...
  • The Stolen Supreme Court Seat

    12/25/2016 5:37:35 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 260 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    Soon after his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate someone to the Supreme Court, which has been hamstrung by a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. There will be public debates about the nominee’s credentials, past record, judicial philosophy and temperament. There will be Senate hearings and a vote. No matter how it plays out, Americans must remember one thing above all: The person who gets confirmed will sit in a stolen seat. It was stolen from Barack Obama, a twice-elected president who fulfilled his constitutional duty more than nine months ago by nominating...
  • McConnell: ‘I didn’t think President Trump had a chance of winning’ (interesting admissions)

    12/20/2016 12:06:11 PM PST · by xzins · 161 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 20 Dec 16 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was surprised on election night: He didn’t see President-elect Donald Trump winning or the Senate staying in Republican hands. “I honestly thought we wouldn’t hold the U.S. Senate,” the Kentucky Republican told Kentucky Educational Television’s ... “I thought we’d come up short, and I didn’t think President Trump had a chance of winning.” The Senate victories were “really something,” McConnell said, “but it never occurred to me he (Trump) might be able to win as well.” ... “It was a lot of feeling among just ordinary people...that the current administration didn’t care about them,” he...
  • McConnell, Warning of ‘Dangerous’ Debt, Wants Tax Cut Offsets

    12/12/2016 4:14:17 PM PST · by madison10 · 64 replies
    Bloomberg | 12/12/16 | Steven T. Dennis & Sahil Kapur
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  • Vanity: We are watching a slow-mo post-modern coup attempt

    12/12/2016 11:50:06 AM PST · by Chengdu54 · 137 replies
    I don't know how else to describe the joint efforts of the media, the Democrats, and some Republicans to overturn the results of the recent election than to call it a coup attempt. A few thoughts come to mind. First, many here have raised the idea that something like this could trigger a civil war. I agree. But second, it's clear that it's very risky to discuss here or anywhere in public how such a thing could happen in terms of actual strategies or tactics. One thing that can be done, since we haven't yet entirely lost freedom of speech...
  • 'The Russians are not our friends': McConnell backs calls for investigation after reports that…[tr]

    12/12/2016 10:08:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/12/2016 | Allan Smith
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said he “strongly” condemned any Russian efforts to influence the US presidential election, adding that he backed a congressional investigation into Russia”s involvement in the hacking of emails from US political organizations. “Obviously, any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing and I strongly condemn any such efforts,” he said at a press conference. […] “The Russians are not our friends,” he added, saying President Barack Obama’s administration attempted to reset Russian relations and “sat back” as the country expanded its “sphere of influence.” …
  • McConnell on Trump's Nominees So Far: 'I'm Optimistic They'll All Be Confirmed'

    12/12/2016 10:00:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2016 | 12:06 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he is “optimistic” that all of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees will be confirmed by the Senate during a Monday morning press conference on Capitol Hill. “I’ve been very impressed with the nominations so far, and we’ll have to wait and see who is nominated for secretary of State, and we’ll obviously treat whoever that is with respect,” McConnell said in response to a reporter’s question about whether he would have any concerns about possible conflicts of interest if Trump nominates ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of the State Department. “We’ll go...