Tag Archives: Mitch McConnell

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GOP Senators Ask McConnell to make Senate Go 24/7

24/7

Nine Republican senators have signed a letter to Mitch McConnell calling on him to “turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president’s agenda,” Axios reports. The senators write that “perversion of Senate rules” by Democrats, “designed to imperil” President Trump’s agenda, necessitates the step.

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McConnell’s Approval Rating in Kentucky Lower than Trump’s Nationally

18%

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds 74% of Kentuckians disapprove of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) job performance, while only 18% approve. Furthermore, just 27% of state residents approved of the Republican health care bill which went down to defeat.

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McConnell Is Not Happy with Trump Over Charlottesville

“The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington. Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America. We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has been publicly silent so far over President Trump’s latest remarks on Charlottesville, “is privately upset” with the president’s handling of the episode, CNN reports.

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McConnell: Trump Has ‘Excessive Expectations’

“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. … Part of the reason I think people think we’re under-performing is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), offering “some of his toughest criticism yet for President Donald Trump in a speech Monday,” CNN reports.

News & Comment

Believe It or Not, Mitch McConnell Once Advocated for Affordable Healthcare

From Tonic at Vice.com:

Back in 1990, he was running for re-election in Kentucky against Harvey Sloane, a physician and Democrat. Sloane was a credible challenger, and McConnell cut a campaign ad that put healthcare front and center.

“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” he said, over black-and-white pictures of the McConnell family. “Today, too many families can’t get decent, affordable health care. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill to make sure healthcare is available to all Kentucky families, hold down skyrocketing costs, and provide long-term care.”

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When the Bill Was Obamacare, McConnell Favored Transparency, Legislative Process

“This is a very important issue. You know, we shouldn’t try to do it in the dark. And whatever final bill is produced should be available to the American public and to the members of the Senate, certainly, for enough time to come to grips with it… And we are going to insist — and the American people are going to insist — that it be done in a transparent, a fair and open way.”

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by NBC News on October 2, 2009, nearly three months before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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McConnell: White House ‘Drama’ Deflecting GOP Agenda

“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on the agenda.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in an interview with Bloomberg.

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Mitch McConnell Fears Elizabeth Warren

“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me. I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Waren (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Globe, noting how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has given her the cold shoulder.

Poetic Justice

Who’s Got the Button?

Go nuclear!” said the Trump to McConnell,
If his SCOTUS choice the Democrats do throttle.
With bravado and bluster —
Poof! No more filibuster!
Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t lead by example.

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McConnel Offers No Comment on Presidential Election

If you’re interested in the presidential election, you might as well get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.

— Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Lexington Herald Leader, to an audience in his home state.