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January 22, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell operates with a steely resolve, a political discipline that leaves nothing to chance. A childhood bout with polio instilled in him an enormous capacity for patience. And for 25 years in Congress, the Kentucky Republican has waited for the moment now before him: the chance to become Senate majority leader. With four seats needed to flip the chamber, or three if a Republican is elected president (because the vice president could break a tie)
October 26, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The Big 12 is still deciding: West Virginia or Louisville? Could be one or the other, or maybe neither. Conference realignment took a strange turn Wednesday when, a day after it appeared that the Big 12 had decided West Virginia would eventually replace Missouri as the league's 10th member, the Mountaineers' Big East rival Lousiville reentered the picture. The result was conflicting stories about what happened and a U.S. senator threatening an investigation — while the Big East was left to wonder not only if it had to replace another member, but which one. A person with knowledge of the Big 12's discussions told the Associated Press that no decision was made by the conference to add West Virginia, and that Louisville is still a candidate to be invited to join.
September 22, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
No fewer than 70,000 bridges across the country need repair, but the example President Obama highlighted Thursday stands out in one convenient political respect: It connects the states of the two Republican lawmakers who have the power to bottle up his jobs package. Obama stood before the Brent Spence Bridge and issued a challenge to House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, prodding them to pass a jobs bill meant to create work for idle construction workers.
July 31, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Katherine Skiba and Peter Nicholas
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 14, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
A plan by the Senate's two top leaders to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without congressional approval is emerging as the most likely strategy to avoid a looming federal default. The plan being drafted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would lock in about $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years — a figure considerably smaller than Republican leaders and Obama had been seeking. Administration officials have said they still would prefer a more sweeping deal on the deficit, but they signaled the idea would be acceptable to Obama.
July 14, 2011
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proposed another Washington bailout — the parachute kind, that is. Concerned that lawmakers won't reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling in time to avert a default, he suggested that Congress eject itself from the debate and give President Obama the power to raise the limit on borrowing unilaterally. It's terrible policy, but letting a dysfunctional Congress undermine the federal government's credit would be worse. Congress capped the government's borrowing at $14.3 trillion last year, but since then has approved tax cuts and spending bills that sink Washington considerably further into debt.
July 13, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
President Obama said he "cannot guarantee" that millions of Social Security beneficiaries would get their checks as scheduled next month unless he and congressional leaders agreed to raise the nation's debt limit by Aug. 2, a warning that came as both sides ratcheted up the tension over the monthlong standoff. Amid a volley of charges and countercharges over who would bear responsibility for a crisis, the Senate's Republican leader proposed a complex plan under which Congress would largely surrender its authority to determine the debt ceiling.
July 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
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.
July 5, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday again extended an invitation to President Obama to visit Capitol Hill to meet with the chamber's Republicans in a effort to break the logjam in deficit-reduction talks as a federal default deadline nears. McConnell invited the president to meet with the Senate GOP last week -- an invitation that the White House declined. Democratic leaders have said they expect Obama to meet with them this week on the Hill, but the White House has not yet confirmed that visit.
June 22, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
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.
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