Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

OPEN THREAD: Government Shutdown Approaches

Politico reports: Washington is barreling toward a government shutdown at midnight Friday, with no apparent sign of a last-minute breakthrough and each party blaming the other for causing the crisis. Senate Democrats scheduled a caucus-wide meeting for 8:30 p.m. The chamber will hold a procedural vote on the House-passed stopgap funding measure at 10 p.m., which currently does not have …

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TODAY: Funding Vote As Government Shutdown Looms

Reuters reports: Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday. For months, the Republican-controlled Congress has been struggling to fund the government, which is now operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal …

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McConnell Mocks “Political Genius” Steve Bannon For Losing A Senate Seat In America’s “Reddest State”

The Associated Press reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser’s “political genius” for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Celebrates GOP Tax Scam Passage

Starting in the next hour: President Trump planned to hold a victory celebration at the White House on Wednesday after a massive tax reform bill cleared the House. The vote was 224-201. No Democrats voted for it, and they were joined by 12 Republicans. Republican lawmakers were expected to attend the White House ceremony, although it is unclear when Trump …

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Mitch McConnell Flip-Flops On Roy Moore [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed his tone Sunday on whether he thought Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should be in the Senate, saying he would “let the people of Alabama make the call” in the state’s special election December 12. On ABC’s “This Week,” McConnell said that if Moore wins, the Senate Ethics Committee would have …

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Corker Is The Only GOP “No” On Tax Reform Bill

Reuters reports: U.S. Republican Senator Bob Corker said on Friday he cannot support a sweeping tax bill that Senate Republican leaders have said has enough votes to pass. “At the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen …

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McConnell May Ask Sen. Luther Strange To Resign

Politico reports: Republican leaders are exploring a dramatic remedy to salvage the Alabama Senate seat as fresh polling shows Roy Moore’s prospects fading fast. With less than four weeks until the special election and no sign that the party’s besieged nominee will exit the race, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of …

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McConnell Floats Sessions As Write-In For Roy Moore

CNN reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell floated Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a replacement for Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct and assault of teenagers when he was in his 30s. McConnell brought up the idea Tuesday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s annual meeting in Washington, proposing Sessions as a write-in candidate …

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McConnell: Roy Moore Will Be Expelled If He Wins

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans say that Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore is virtually certain to face a formal ethics complaint — which would lead to expulsion proceedings — should he be elected next month. It’s an outcome that senior Republicans say privately is all but unavoidable after the embattled Senate hopeful was accused …

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McConnell Drops The “If True” – Now Says He Believes Moore’s Accusers – Says Moore Should Step Aside

The Associated Press reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has dropped the “if true” from his previous statement and now says that Roy Moore should end his campaign, adding that he believes Moore’s accusers. It must be pointed out, however, that McConnell backed Sen. Luther Strange in the primary. McConnell’s Senate PAC advertised against Moore.

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AWKWARD: Republican Leaders Grimace Silently As Reporters Shout Questions About Roy Moore [VIDEO]

CNN reports: When Senate leaders planned an event Thursday afternoon with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic guru Gary Cohn to tout the rollout of their tax plan, the words “Roy Moore underage girl” were not likely on their minds. But by the time the event happened, the allegations — first reported by The Washington Post — that …

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Breitbart Blames GOP Moderates For Dem Wave

From Breitbart editor Joel Pollak: Democrats, exuberant from their first important win in the past year, are selling their hot takes all over social media. Their favorite theme seems to be that voters rejected “hate.” The only real hate on display was in the Latino Victory Fund ad that portrayed Gillespie supporters as racists. It neatly captured Democrats’ contempt for …

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Senate Group Mocks Traffic Plunge At “Failing Breitbart”

Filed under infighting is funny: A group linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) echoed President Trump’s tweeting style Friday to slam the Stephen Bannon-led site Breitbart News for falling traffic numbers. “Failing @BreitbartNews: traffic plummets 20% this year, desperate for attention! SAD!” the group wrote on Twitter to its 472 followers from an account called Senate Ldshp Fund. …

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Mitch McConnell Hails “Valuable” Bob Corker

Politico reports: A day after a Twitter feud erupted between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said Corker is “a valuable member of the Senate Republican caucus.” “Sen. Corker is a valuable member of the Senate Republican caucus and he’s also on the Budget committee and a particularly important player as we …

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McConnell Refuses To Even Discuss Gun Control

Politico reports: Mitch McConnell did not want to discuss gun control on Tuesday. The Senate majority leader shut down all talk of legislative remedies to gun violence after a man killed 59 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night and injured hundreds more, mirroring the Tuesday morning remarks by his GOP counterpart in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan. Asked if …

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Trump “Embarrassed And Pissed” About Alabama Senate Result, Rages About His Staff And McConnell

CNN reports: Returning from a high-dollar fundraiser in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, an infuriated President Donald Trump watched aboard Air Force One as Fox News called the Alabama Senate primary for Roy Moore against Trump’s favored candidate, Luther Strange. What ensued was a barrage of angry venting at his political team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had consolidated …

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Trump “Physically Mocks” McCain And McConnell

Axios reports: In private, President Trump has taken to physically mocking M&M: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (slumped shoulders; lethargic body language) and Sen. John McCain (imitating the thumbs-down of his historic health-care vote). Trump is venting about his frustration with what he considers failed leadership by Senate Republicans as he takes his lumps this week in wars with, well, …

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GOP Surrenders: No Vote On Obamacare Repeal

Politico reports: Senate Republicans do not intend to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, putting an end to their Obamacare repeal effort for now. The decision was reached Tuesday after it became clear the bill would fail. Three Senate Republicans had said they would vote against the measure, and the GOP could only afford two defections. Last night Jimmy Kimmel spiked …

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Bannon Rages Against GOP And Mitch McConnell: I Wear Their Contempt As A Badge Of Honor [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday night, saying he wears the top GOP lawmaker’s contempt as “a badge of honor.” “The elites represented by Mitch McConnell hold me in contempt,” Bannnon told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in a rare TV interview. “They think I’m a bad …

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Mitch McConnell Craters To 18% Approval Rating

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has an 18 percent job approval rating in Kentucky, according to a new survey. A Public Policy Polling survey found just 18 percent of respondents approve of the job McConnell is doing, compared with 74 percent who disapprove. If McConnell were up for reelection today, 37 percent of respondents said they …

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