September 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has repeatedly rescued Republicans in their fiscal fights with the White House. But not this time. At least not yet. The seasoned McConnell has distanced himself from tea party renegades in his party, spurning the effort by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to halt funding for the government unless President Obama ends the Affordable Care Act, the nation's new healthcare law. “I just don't happen to think filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare,” McConnell said as the Senate opened Tuesday.
January 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- If the battle lines of the next budget fight between the White House and Congress were not already clear, Mitch McConnell underscored them in emphatic terms Sunday. With three looming fiscal deadlines in the coming months, the Republican Senate minority leader made clear in a round of interviews on the Sunday morning talk shows that the GOP will not consider further tax increases to help pay down the nation's debt. “The tax issue is finished, over, completed,” McConnell said on ABC's “This Week.” “That's behind us. Now the question is, what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future?
July 12, 2011 |
Ahead of a third consecutive day of meetings on raising the nation's debt ceiling, Republican leaders signaled increasing pessimism about the likelihood of a deal and laid the blame for deteriorating negotiations squarely on President Obama's shoulders. "I was one of those who had long hoped we could do something big for the country," Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, said in a floor speech Tuesday. "But in my view, the president has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes, or default.
June 22, 2011 |
The Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Wednesday that if the 2012 presidential election were being held today, the GOP theme should be: "He made it worse. " (see video below) The bumper-sticker slogan might not quite be morning-in-America optimism, but it captures the Republican position that President Obama has been unable to right the struggling economy, a position the White House routinely counters by saying the outlook would be worse had the president not taken took the steps he did to shore it up. Photos: The 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls McConnell said he had no worries about the emerging field of potential GOP presidential candidates to challenge Obama saying that eventually a front-runner would "get on a roll.
July 31, 2011 |
The Senate's top-ranking Republican said Sunday that lawmakers are "very, very close" to an agreement to raise the nation's debt limit, as Congress works to meet an imminent deadline to stave off an unprecedented federal default. In separate interviews, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated that progress had been made late Saturday in conversations between the White House and congressional leaders on a debt-ceiling plan that could meet with enough support from both parties to move to President Obama's desk by Aug. 2. McConnell, on CNN's "State of the Union," described a $3-trillion package that included cuts in discretionary spending, caps on future spending and a vote on a balanced budget amendment.
July 12, 2013 |
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the esteemed (well, OK, by some) Democrat from Nevada, wants his GOP counterparts to play ball. But Republicans, led by Kentucky's esteemed (well, OK, by some others) Mitch McConnell, mostly want to take their ball and go home. The result, perhaps, is that next week, the age-old Senate tradition of the filibuster will be radically reshaped. As in, you won't be able use it anymore to hold up votes on presidential nominees. And you know what? Probably most Americans don't care.