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  • McConnell: Obama's 'Partisan Contest' Raises Even More Doubts on Iran Deal

    09/02/2015 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 2, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for reducing the debate on the Iran nuclear deal to "a partisan contest" that "raises even more serious questions about its durability and merits." "While the president may be able to sustain a veto with the tepid, restricted and partisan support of one third of one House of Congress over Americans' bipartisan opposition, it will require a bipartisan Congress to strengthen our defenses in the Persian Gulf and to stand up to the inevitable Iranian violations of the agreement that will need to be addressed after he has left office,"...
  • McConnell to conservatives: Look, we don’t have the numbers in Senate to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/01/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    We do have the numbers to force a shutdown, but McConnell’s already ruled that out. I’m going to look on the bright side here: At least this guy’s trying to spare us another dismal episode of GOP failure theater. If we had a majority in the Senate that was prepared to dig in and have this fight on principle, no matter what the polls say, it’d be worth considering a shutdown. Obama might blink if it lasted long enough. Because we have the majority we have, there’s really no point. It’ll play out just as lefty Bill Scher says...
  • McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president

    09/01/2015 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017. “The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” McConnell said Monday on the Kentucky station WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.” Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a leading cause among some Republicans in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue...
  • Top Republican: Scrap 'buy American' stimulus clause

    02/02/2009 10:56:33 PM PST · by Tempest · 141 replies · 2,118+ views
    The US Senate should strip a "Buy American" clause from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the chamber's top Republican said Monday amid anger at the restriction from US allies. "I don't think we ought to use a measure that is supposed to be timely, temporary, and targeted to set off trade wars when the entire world is experiencing a downturn in the economy," said Senator Mitch McConnell.
  • Trent Lott sells out, thrashes Ted Cruz

    12/08/2014 7:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Trent Lott wasn’t always this way. He was once a conservative champion, who came to Washington to change the ruling-class narrative. But now he’s a profile in what Washington does to you if you stay too long — unless you have Winston Churchill-like courage of conviction, and few mere mortals do. Mr. Lott was originally part of a group that included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Vin Webber, who were dubbed the “Young Turks.” They were among the chief lieutenants of the Reagan Revolution back in the day. Best known for fighting the Fraternal Order of Establishment Republicans....
  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 7:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 4, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    First Democrats, now a former Senate GOP leader is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz for standing his ground instead of compromising on key issues. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader from Mississippi and now a lobbyist, dubbed Cruz one of the “problems” in the Senate and urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly “co-opt” new Republican senators before Cruz and others in the “Far Right” deputize them. “There are problems,” said Lott, pushing bipartisanship at a media roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Yes, we’ve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and we’ve got Elizabeth...
  • ‘Turtle’ McConnell, ‘Sharknado’ among Wikipedia edits from Congress (MiniTrue at work)

    08/22/2015 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/22/15 11:10 AM EDT | Mario Trujillo
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not a turtle. Ian Ziering of “90210” was in the movie “Sharknado.” And Sapphire from the movie “Almost Famous” is a “Band Aid.” Those are among the anonymous edits to Wikipedia that have originated from IP addresses in Congress during the August recess, when lawmakers take their annual hiatus from Washington and life around the Capitol quiets down. Changes to Wikipedia from congressional IP addresses became a mini-controversy around this time last year, when more than 100 edits were made. […] The McConnell edit that came from Senate this month actually removed a prank...
  • Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis When He Visits the USA

    08/21/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/21/2015 | Emily Wilkins
    Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope's U.S. schedule includes an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and a meeting two days later with immigrants and Hispanic families at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “He’s been clear on our failure to respond appropriately to immigrants and refugees,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told CQ. “I don’t think anyone will...
  • Cruz pledges to 'lead the fight' to defund Planned Parenthood

    08/20/2015 6:31:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is moving ahead with his pledge to defund Planned Parenthood at any cost this fall, a move that puts him directly at odds with Senate leadership.In an op-ed published Thursday by USA Today, Cruz declared that he will “lead the fight” to defund Planned Parenthood after a series of undercover videos raised questions about its fetal tissue donation program.Cruz warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to “schedule or facilitate” any legislation that doles out federal dollars to Planned Parenthood – referring to a bill that must pass Congress this fall to fund the government.“Instead, the...
  • ICYMI: Ted Cruz in USA Today: End Planned Parenthood funding

    08/20/2015 5:02:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 12 replies
    USA Today ^ | 08/20/15
    Accounting gimmicks can’t hide the fact that federal support ultimately pays for abortion.HOUSTON, Texas — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote an op-ed in USA Today responding to the latest horrific videos showing Planned Parenthood callously discussing killing unborn children in order to sell their body parts. The full op-ed is available here and excerpts may be viewed below: Over the past few weeks, Americans have seen a series of videos come out of Planned Parenthood that are nothing short of horrifying. The footage shows senior Planned Parenthood officials laughing, swilling chardonnay and casually, callously, heartlessly discussing killing unborn...
  • Jack Conway launches first negative nominee ad, hammering Matt Bevin over taxes

    08/18/2015 6:54:47 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/18/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway launched the first negative ad from a gubernatorial nominee on Tuesday, hitting Republican Matt Bevin on seemingly every tax issue that has emerged this year and in last year’s U.S. Senate primary. The 30-second spot, titled “30 Times,” begins with Bevin’s press conference upon launching his bid to unseat then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling reporters that he had “no tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.” The ad then transitions to reports of more than $100,000 owed by Bevin Brothers Manufacturing in East Hampton, Conn., earning the company a spot atop a listing of...
  • Where is the Nuclear Option? 4 Obama vetoes. Really? (vanity)

    08/18/2015 6:05:49 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    8/18/2015 | freeAtlanta
    I heard on Bill Bennett this morning that we still have the medical device tax thanks to Democrat/Obama/MitchMcConnell Care. I thought that part of the beast had been ripped out, but apparently it was tabled like so many other conservative efforts thanks to McConnell not using Harry Reid's "nuclear option" to get the bill to the floor for a vote. Bills only takes 51 to pass the senate, but Reid's buddy Mitch won't let them come to the floor for a vote. What good is he for us?
  • Trump Gives a Glimpse of the Golden Arrow Targeted Toward McConnell/Donohue’s Achilles Heel...

    08/15/2015 11:32:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 129 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 15, 2015 | Sundance
    First, an admission: I have seriously underestimated Donald Trump. After spending more than three years tracking the construct of the GOPe strategy to elect Jeb Bush, and having lost the most single important battle in May 2014 to stop it, I was deflated and disenfranchised. Few were willing to accept the road-map and sheer level of Machiavellian strategy deployed by the professional political class. Every single prediction (tripwire) which stems from understanding the construct was triggered in the exact sequence. We resigned ourselves to the outlook that Tom Donohue, Mitch McConnell and their team were going to pull it off....
  • New Poll: Boehner Under Water With GOP Voters

    08/13/2015 3:47:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 8/12/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Rank-and-file GOP House members are now confronted with an important question: do they want to head into a presidential election with a leader who is unpopular with their own voters and hated by Independents? Gallup released a poll today showing that just 23% of Americans view Speaker John Boehner favorably. A clear majority have an unfavorable view of him. What is more revealing is that Boehner is under water in terms of approval with his own party. Just 37% of Republicans have a favorable view of the Speaker, while 42% view him unfavorably. His numbers are atrocious among Independents –...
  • Mitch McConnell: We're Not Going To Defund Planned Parenthood Yet

    08/10/2015 9:31:59 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 84 replies
    http://www.townhall.com ^ | 8/7/2015 | Daniel Davis
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly implied yesterday that he wouldn't push to defund Planned Parenthood in the September appropriations negotiations. McConnell seemed to express fears that such a fight could backfire on public perception of Republicans, particularly if it led to the threat of a government shutdown: "We've been down this path before," McConnell said. "This is a tactic that has been tried going back to the '90s and it always has the same ending — that the focus is on the government shutdown and not on the underlying issue that is being protested. We are not doing government...
  • Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin Pledges to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    08/09/2015 5:17:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | Aug 7, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Kentucky, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin has announced that he intends to defund Planned Parenthood if he wins the election. Bevin is the GOP’s nominee for governor and will be facing pro-abortion Jack Conway in the general election. Currently, Conway is the attorney general for Kentucky and the Democratic nominee. In a press release, Bevin said, “As Governor, I will direct my Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services not to distribute federal taxpayer dollars from that department to Planned Parenthood clinics. Federal taxpayer dollars appropriated to Planned Parenthood flow through the Governor’s administration. As Governor, I will...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • Mitch McConnell amid Planned Parenthood uproar: No more shutdowns

    08/05/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/05/2015 | AllahPundit
    There’s nothing like unilateral disarmament right before a big budget fight. Breathe easy, abortion warriors: If it’s a choice between yanking taxpayer money from an outfit that sells babies for parts and protecting a 2016 talking point that the new GOP majority is too mature for silly things like shutdowns, the latter wins every time. The only suspense now is what form the next exciting episode of Republican failure theater will take. Traditionally what would happen is that McConnell would attach the PP defunding bill to a budgetary continuing resolution, that resolution would then be filibustered by Senate Democrats...
  • Senate to vote Monday on defunding Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle

    08/03/2015 9:41:39 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/3/15 | Fox News
    The Republican-controlled Senate is set to vote Monday on halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a fast response to the series of unsettling videos exposing the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers. The measure is not expected to pass because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other 53 Republican senators will need support from several Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold, with some moderates on both sides still apparently undecided. However, the effort appears to be another step in the effort by pro-life groups and others to restrict abortions and undermine Planned Parenthood, which provides health...
  • These 7 Senators Will Decide if the Senate Totally De-Funds Planned...(VOTE IS TODAY- PLEASE CALL)

    08/03/2015 7:29:24 AM PDT · by blueyon · 70 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 7/02/15 | Steven Ertelt
    "These Seven Senators Will Decide if the Senate Totally De-Funds Planned Parenthood" The Senate will vote early Monday evening on a new bill has been introduced that will totally de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The legislation follows four shocking videos that have caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. Following pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement of a working group, Senator Joni Ernst and Senators Rand Paul and James Lankford, along with 21 cosponsors, introduced legislation to protect women’s health and defund Planned Parenthood, S.1881.
  • At Fancy Farm, Bevin takes an unusual turn while Conway brings the heat

    08/02/2015 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 8/1/2015 | Sam Youngman
    FANCY FARM — The annual political picnic here has long been a partisan battle of wits and one-liners, where the politicians trade barbs and laughs and the crowd eggs them on. ... On Saturday, while Democrats, including gubernatorial nominee and attorney general Jack Conway, used their time on stage to remind voters of Bevin's rocky past as a politician, Bevin took the stage to decry the nature of the event and call for unity. In a sharp departure from the theme of the picnic, Bevin said he was glad to be at the event, which primarily serves as a fundraiser...
  • Cry Baby Dana Milbank: ‘Ted Cruz Bullied Republicans for Years’

    08/01/2015 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Is Dana Milbank – one of the Washington Compost’s many leftist columnists – really a girly man or do you think he’s just pretending? "Finally, Senate Republicans are standing up to the bully who terrorized them the past two and a half years — and they’re finding out he isn’t so tough, after all. After Cruz on the Senate floor Friday called his fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), a liar, his GOP colleagues have moved swiftly to shut down his antics. They voted in large numbers to renew the Export-Import Bank (McConnell’s scheduling of the vote, opposed...
  • Sean Hannity: Three Senators Confirm that Mitch McConnell Lied to Ted Cruz

    07/30/2015 10:07:57 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Sean Hannity says that three senators confirmed Ted Cruz’s account of a conversation he had with Senate Majority Liar Leader Mitch McConnell about a possible deal with Democrats about the Export-Import Bank. You may recall that Cruz blasted McConnell on the Senate floor for saying there was no deal, while there clearly was one. Although other Republicans have attacked Cruz for telling the truth — without denying his account of the conversation, by the way — a few have come out in support of him. Senator Mike Lee has been willing to go on record to confirm Cruz’s account. Sadly,...
  • It's High Time "Pro-Life" Republicans in Congress Actually DID Something

    07/30/2015 4:58:57 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | July 29, 2015 | David French
    As both the House and Senate consider bills to defund Planned Parenthood — the abortion giant responsible for hundreds of thousands of grisly child-killings every year — pro-life conservatives should ask the members of Congress who claim to stand with them one, simple question: Are you as dedicated to life as the Democratic party is to death? The Democrats’ dedication is unquestioned. They are indispensable in providing Planned Parenthood with $528 million of its $1.3 billion annual budget, and they’ve steadfastly defended the group despite an avalanche of evidence of its sheer depravity. Founded by Margaret Sanger, an unapologetic eugenicist,...
  • Unhappy McConnell Dresses Down Fractious GOP Senators, Then Fobs Them Off

    07/29/2015 8:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/29/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Mighty Mitch, having bamboozled not only Kentuckians but the entire nation into returning him as Senate majority “leader,” is displeased with his caucus: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got his hands on something he believed to be damning: An email from Sen. Mike Lee’s aide to conservative activists plotting to use an Obamacare vote as a political weapon. So McConnell quickly summoned the GOP to a closed-door session in the Senate’s Mansfield Room Monday night. And he made sure his caucus read the email, placing a copy on every Republican senator’s chair before they arrived. A lawmaker in the...
  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/28/2015 2:28:28 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/27/2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood. In a statement that mentioned “gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children,” Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Starnes: Emasculated Republicans Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/27/2015 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.</p>
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

    07/27/2015 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 74 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Think of it as the Empire strikes back. Two days after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas took to the floor of the Senate and called Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar, Republican senators, apparently on the behest of the Republican leader, refused to second a motion to back a Cruz amendment to the highway bill to make the lifting of sanctions against Iran contingent on that country recognizing Israel’s right to exist and freeing four American hostages. As the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday, the lesson was struck home by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah when he delivered a soliloquy about...
  • McConnell’s constant wheeling and dealing shows what leadership and compromise aren’t

    07/27/2015 7:57:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2015 | Taylor Millard
    It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow the Ex-Im Bank to be revived after it expired in June. Nor is it really surprising to hear McConnell apparently made a deal with three senators (two of them Democrats) to get Ex-Im back on the calendar as long as they voted for Trade Promotion Authority. McConnell is just doing what some people believe leadership and compromise are all about: the ability to wheel and deal. He’s essentially following the same tactics House Speaker John Boehner did to get the “Doc fix” bill passed earlier...
  • Senator Rand Paul Implements ‘Rule 14' to Fast-Track His Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/24/2015 8:38:13 PM PDT · by z taxman · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Following through on his vow to defund Planned Parenthood, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation to strip the abortion provider of federal funding. The bill is now being fast-tracked after the Kentucky senator invoked “Rule 14” on Friday, clearing the way for a floor vote as early as next week, a spokesman for the Rand Paul campaign confirmed to TheBlaze. “Since the inhumane acts of Planned Parenthood have surfaced, I have vowed to defeat and defund this taxpayer-funded organization. I am more appalled than ever by Planned Parenthood’s complete disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Paul said in...
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • McConnell to fast-track bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/24/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started a fast-track process Friday on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding in the wake of two controversial videos showing officials discussing delivery of fetal parts. The Republican leader began "Rule 14," which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote. The move comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed McConnell during a blistering floor speech earlier Friday, suggesting the Kentucky Republican wanted to dodge a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. "There are a host of...
  • Ted Cruz to GOP leader: You lied. (WP)

    07/25/2015 6:35:52 PM PDT · by Isara · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    --- Senators generally refrain from impugning their colleagues on the floor, a practice codified in Senate Rule XIX: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” The penalty for breaching that rule is to be ordered to take one’s seat — in effect, to sit down and shut up. But no senator rose to make a point of order before Cruz left the floor. “It’s unusual, certainly,” Betty K. Koed, the Senate’s official historian, said of Cruz’s remarks....
  • Ted Cruz Attacks Mitch McConnell in Clash Over an Agency (NYT)

    07/25/2015 6:15:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jonathan Weisman
    Senator Ted Cruz, the sometimes-incendiary Texan running for the Republican presidential nomination, took to the Senate floor on Friday to call his party’s majority leader a liar in an extraordinary public airing of grievance. --- Far from backing down, Mr. Cruz joined the conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday afternoon, basking in Mr. Limbaugh’s praise for a “direct hit” on leadership like none he could remember. “It’s not a good day when the majority leader is willing to lie to the Senate,” Mr. Cruz told Mr. Limbaugh. Tea Party groups, the Heritage Foundation’s political arm, and Charles G....
  • Rand Paul defies McConnell to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/25/2015 11:11:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/15 | Barbara Boland
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced late Friday that he will "use every Senate rule" to force his Senate colleagues on the record after fellow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. If Paul gets enough senators to sign his petition, he can go around McConnell and force a vote. "I'm prepared to use every Senate rule at my disposal to force my colleagues on record whether they like it or not," Paul wrote Friday night. "Under Senate rules, if enough Senators are willing to stand with me and sign a petition demanding a vote,...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of lying (Why Cruz voted for TPA)

    07/24/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 129 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
  • Ted Cruz calls Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor

    07/24/2015 7:58:58 AM PDT · by VinL · 153 replies
    WashPo ^ | 7/24/2015 | M. Debonis
    Firebrand Republican senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday rushed across a line rarely crossed on the Senate floor: He called the leader of his party, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a liar. "What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie," Cruz said Friday morning. "We know now that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are...
  • Senate GOP setting up ‘Obamacare’ vote on highway bill

    07/24/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 9:55 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Republican leaders will use a must-pass highway bill to start another fight over the president’s health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce an amendment to the transportation bill to fully repeal “Obamacare.” […] The Senate is rushing to complete the highway legislation before states face a cutoff of highway and transit aid one week from now. …
  • House passes short-term highway fix; Congress’ plans still in flux before July 31 deadline

    07/16/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The House approved $8 billion in highway funding Wednesday to keep projects moving past a July 31 deadline and buy enough time to negotiate the long-term bill lawmakers really want. But the measure is now on a collision course with the Senate, where Republicans sketched out a more ambitious bill that would pump tens of billions of dollars in new funding in coming years. House GOP leaders said they would eventually like a six-year bill. But for now, they asked members to swallow hard and support a five-month extension through Dec. 18, saying negotiations on the bigger bill could take...
  • Eager Scott Walker Ready for Presidential Race

    07/13/2015 7:17:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7-13-15 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Sub head: Running as 'a fighter who can win' and implement 'commonsense conservative reforms.'Scott Walker isn’t big on self-reflection. He spent much of Sunday on a this-is-your-life tour of southeastern Wisconsin with an ABC News production team and World News Tonight anchor David Muir. Late in the afternoon, he signed the biennial budget for the state of Wisconsin, a final item on the to-do list he compiled last winter as he began exploring a bid for the presidency. Today, Walker will formally announce his candidacy for the White House. It’s pretty heady stuff, but Walker, who grew up the son...
  • Republican voters have had it with sell-out, Congressional RINOs and GOP elites

    07/07/2015 9:03:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 60 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/7/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Scalding comments on Free Republic’s thread about Congressional pay to play tactics are showing just how despised the GOP Rinos in Washington, D.C. really are. This very important sharing of a personal incident one observer just had gets to the heart of Congressional greed and corruption. “I was on a flight from D.C. to LAX yesterday, and my seat neighbor in first class was a D.C. lobbyist returning home from Washington. We had a THREE hour conversation that would make your hair stand on end. The verdict is that there is no two party system, and they’re all in private...
  • McConnell Doubts Senate Will Confirm Ambassador to Cuba(What a strong statement from a true leader)

    07/02/2015 5:51:11 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/2/15
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe. The Kentucky Republican also suggested that the GOP — which controls Congress — would fight Obama administration efforts to fully lift trade and travel restrictions that have limited American commerce and tourism with the communist-led island nation. McConnell said the country was led by "a thuggish regime." The comments by McConnell came a day after Obama and...
  • Picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with Confederate Battle Flag

    07/01/2015 3:19:50 PM PDT · by poetbdk · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-30-15 | J.Arthur Bloom
    Here’s A Picture From The Days When Mitch McConnell Didn’t Mind The Confederate Flag
  • Mitch McConnell: This decision on gay marriage is the law of the land and there’s not much we can do

    07/01/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Newsmax, skip to 4:20 for the key part. He’s not saying anything here that, say, Marco Rubio hasn’t but the McConnell endorsement surely cinches this among grassroots righties as the official RINO position. (Sorry, Marco!) Meekly submitting to the will of the Court isn’t what warriors do. Which raises the question: What should the GOP, as a party, do to resist?Should they encourage county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays? That might work short-term, until other state officials can be found who’ll grant the licenses, but it’s likely to bring a lot of legal grief...
  • Mitch McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 11:59:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage: He was one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is...
  • Gov. John Kasich on Gay Marriage: ‘The Court Has Ruled, and It’s Time to Move On’

    06/29/2015 8:30:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/29/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Lots of Republican candidates are really up in arms about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, and some are trying to fight back strongly against it. Mike Huckabee said states should outright reject it, while Ted Cruz proposed Supreme Court elections to push back against “judicial tyranny.” But on Face the Nation today, likely GOP candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich told John Dickerson, “I believe in traditional marriage, but the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s the law of the land, and we’ll abide by it.” He implored people to just “take a deep breath,” and said there are plenty...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is little that...