Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

McConnell Adjourns Senate Until December 27th

The Hill reports: The partial shutdown will drag into next week after the Senate adjourned on Saturday without taking action to end the funding lapse and reopen the federal government. The chamber will next meet for a pro forma session on Monday morning, then will reconvene after Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced. The …

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Senate May Vote On Amended Spending Bill Tomorrow

Bloomberg reports: Senators are preparing for a possible vote on Friday if the House is able to send it an amended government funding bill. Senators and aides say they’ve been told to tentatively plan for a vote around noon on Friday, even as scores of senators have already left Washington after passing a seven-week stopgap funding measure on Wednesday night. …

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McConnell To Intro Spending Bill To Avert Shutdown

Politico reports: Mitch McConnell is working to bail out Congress and President Donald Trump from an intractable government shutdown impasse, moving on Wednesday to fund the government into early February and avoid a funding lapse right before the holidays. The Senate majority leader will introduce a bill that funds the government through Feb. 8 after a longer-term offer was rejected …

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McConnell To Allow Senate Vote On Prison Reform Bill

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he will bring a bipartisan criminal justice bill up for a vote, marking a significant win for the legislation’s supporters, including President Trump. “At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that has been secured by several members, the Senate will take up …

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Trump Preps To Blame GOP Leaders For Midterms Loss

Politico reports: At his rallies, President Donald Trump argues that the midterms are about one person — Donald Trump. “Get out in 2018,” Trump told a crowd in Missouri last month, “because you’re voting for me!” Privately, the president says the exact opposite. According to two people familiar with the conversations, Trump is distancing himself from a potential Republican thumping …

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McConnell Vows To Try Again On Obamacare Repeal If Republicans Win More Senate Seats In The Midterms

Reuters reports: Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal the healthcare law a “disappointment.” In a forecast of 2019 policy goals tempered by uncertainty about who will win the congressional elections, McConnell also blamed costly …

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Congress Now In Recess Until After Midterm Elections

The Associated Press reports: The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday and left town until after next month’s midterm elections, as Republicans chalked up more wins days after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more …

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McConnell Shamelessly Rewrites His Own Garland Rule

Talking Points Memo reports: In 2016, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Republicans’ plan to keep the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat open until the next president took office, a year away, he issued a conclusive statement. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy …

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GOP Senators Party Like Frat Boys In SNL Cold Open

The Washington Post reports: The Senate voted on Saturday afternoon to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice by the narrowest margin in more than a century. Later that day, Republican lawmakers celebrated raucously — on “Saturday Night Live,” at least. “We could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh,” Beck Bennett’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told …

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Senate Advances Kavanaugh 51-49 To Final Vote

The Washington Examiner reports: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh survived a critical procedural vote in the Senate on Friday with help from Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, but his fate was still unclear as Collins said she would reveal at 3 p.m. whether she can support Kavanaugh in a final vote that’s expected in the coming days. …

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McConnell Sets Kavanaugh Cloture Vote For Tomorrow

Politico reports: The Senate is set for a critical Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, teeing up a final vote by the weekend, with an FBI report on the sexual misconduct allegations against the judge expected in the chamber by Thursday morning. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday night set up the critical procedural vote for Friday, …

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Mitch McConnell: FBI’s Report Won’t Be Made Public

Mitch McConnell this afternoon said that only Senators will be allowed to see the FBI’s just-completed report on Brett Kavanaugh. “We’ll get an FBI report soon. It will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it,” McConnell told reporters. He added, “that’s the way these reports are always handled.” The FBI is …

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McConnell Vows Kavanaugh Vote This Week [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doubled down Tuesday on his vow to hold a vote by the end of the week on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, saying he was the victim of open “floodgates of mud and muck.” “One thing we know for sure: The Senate will vote on Judge …

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McConnell Rages About “Smear Campaign” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will receive an up-or-down vote in the Senate “in the near future.” McConnell on Monday angrily denounced Democrats, accusing them of waging a “smear campaign” against Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. McConnell called the latest allegation “another orchestrated, last-minute hit on …

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McConnell Asked Trump To Lay Off Christine Ford

CNN reports: After President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of the woman who came forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the President on Friday to say his tweets did not help, two people familiar with the call confirmed to CNN. In a series of tweets sent out Friday morning, Trump threw …

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McConnell Vows Kavanaugh Will Soon Be Confirmed

The Washington Examiner reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated definitively Friday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed soon, despite the controversy generated by allegations that the nominee engaged in sexual misconduct. “You’ve watched the fight, you’ve watched the tactics,” McConnell said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. “But here is what I want to …

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McConnell: Dead Even Senate Races Are A “Knife Fight”

NBC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said today that the Senate races in this year’s midterm elections are going to be “very challenging,” comparing each one to “a knife fight in an alley.” Speaking to reporters at the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse in Louisville, Kentucky, McConnell was asked if Republicans will hold onto the majority in Congress. …

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Paul Ryan And Mitch McConnell Had To Use “Props And Flattery” To Talk Trump Out Of Government Shutdown

The Washington Post reports: The top two Republicans in Congress arrived at the White House this week armed with props aimed at flattering and cajoling President Trump out of shutting down the government at the end of this month. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) showed the president glossy photos of a wall under construction along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate …

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Trump Renews Shutdown Threat Over Border Wall, McConnell Says No Bill Until After Midterms [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Trump has repeatedly threatened not to sign funding legislation if Congress fails to include enough money for a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump reiterated that threat late on Wednesday. Responding to a reporter’s question about a possible shutdown, he said: “If it happens, it happens. If it’s about border security, I’m willing to do anything. We …

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McConnell Backs Away From Trump: Russians Are Not Our Friends, I Entirely Believe Our Intel Community

Almost every Republican is running for the hills on this: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said that Russia is not a friend of the U.S. and that he supports the intelligence community’s finding that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. “I have said a number of times, I’ll say it again: The Russians are not our friends. …

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