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  • McConnell suggests he could hold Senate in session through October

    09/21/2018 8:45:29 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 86 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Friday that he could keep lawmakers in Washington until the end of October if Democrats seek to slow or block the confirmation of President Trump's judicial nominees. McConnell said the Senate would soon wrap up some of its major to-do items, like funding the government and confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But he hinted that it would be up to Democrats to strike a deal on nominations if they want to leave town before the end of October. "Our friends on the other side who have a number of incumbents...
  • McConnell: "in the very near future, Kavanaugh will be on the US Supreme Court" [TR 9/21/18 10:10AM]

    09/21/2018 7:39:44 AM PDT · by MountainWalker · 86 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/21/2018 | Peter Doocy
    MCCONNELL, at #VVS18 in DC just got a standing ovation when he declared: "in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court"
  • McConnell: Democrats waited until 11th hour

    09/20/2018 1:09:30 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | September 18, 2018 | David Axelrod
    the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The cause of McConnell's ire was the late-breaking allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist, that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, a charge that threatens to upend a confirmation which seemed assured just days ago. McConnell, who is determined to deliver his second conservative Supreme Court justice in two years, now must navigate a treacherous pass. On the one hand, the steely Republican leader is determined to act as quickly to confirm Kavanaugh as he was to delay and destroy Garland's nomination. McConnell knows that, even with one of the...
  • Politico: McConnell 'Screws' Dems By Keeping Them at Work

    09/12/2018 9:56:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is "screwing" over his Democratic colleagues by keeping them in session this October and therefore keeping them off the campaign trail, according to Politico's Burgess Everett. "Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to keep the chamber in session for a significant portion of October if not four entire weeks, costing Democrats key campaign trail days and allowing the Senate to continue its work into the fall, according to five Republican officials," Everett writes . Yet, Republicans say two weeks is plenty of time for their Democratic colleagues to make their case to voters. Burgess Everett...
  • Donald Trump: Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan Do Not Want a Pre-Election Government Shutdown

    09/07/2018 10:37:08 AM PDT · by davikkm · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump said he would not force a government shutdown over wall funding and border security before the midterm elections, suggesting that he made a deal with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “They’d rather not do it before, they’d rather do it right after the election, they don’t want to do anything to upset the apple cart,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth aired on Friday. Trump said that if it were up to him, he would force a shutdown over border security but that “many great people”...
  • Mitch McConnell: Brett Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court by October start date

    09/07/2018 7:49:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 7, 2018 | Gabriella Munoz
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he expects Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh will be on the bench by the court’s first day in October. Mr. McConnell sang Judge Kavanaugh’s praises during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, and said he expects him to be confirmed before September ends. “I think any doubts anybody might have had have been dispelled by his virtuoso performance before the Judiciary Committee,” he said. “I mean, it’s stunning. He’s just a stellar nomination in every respect.” Mr. McConnell did weigh in on the dramatic show made by Sen. Cory...
  • The Senate confirmed 8 more of @POTUS’s judicial nominees today.

    09/06/2018 7:08:11 PM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 39 replies
    Leader McConnell ^ | Sept 6, 2018
    The Senate confirmed 8 more of @POTUS’s judicial nominees today. Woohoo for Leader McConnel!
  • McConnell: Trump border wall fight will happen after midterms

    09/05/2018 5:59:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/05/18 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he expects a fight over funding for President Trump's border wall to happen after November's midterm elections. "The nine bills that we're going to put on [Trump's] desk before the end of September, which is the end of the fiscal year, deal with other substance but … also 90 percent of the federal budget will have been approved before the end of the fiscal year," McConnell said during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening. He added that Republicans "are in favor of the wall." "We still want to get funding...
  • Three men unfit to eulogize John McCain

    09/02/2018 2:40:06 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 67 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 31, 2018 | Jennifer Rubin
    And then there were the three who spoke on Friday. You had to control your gag reflex watching Vice President Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) extol McCain’s greatness as he was accorded the honor of lying in state. Consider Pence for a moment. He began with a ludicrous declaration that broke all records for disingenuousness: “The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life, in uniform and in public...
  • McConnell: I Have ‘Total Confidence’ in Sessions — He Ought to ‘Stay Exactly Where He Is’

    08/28/2018 3:33:08 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 91 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2018 | Pam Key
    Tuesday Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters on Capitol Hill that he had “total confidence,” in his former U.S. Senate colleague Attorney General Jeff Sessions. McConnell said, “I have total confidence in the attorney general. I think he ought to stay exactly where he is.”
  • McConnell: I Have ‘Total Confidence’ in Sessions — He Ought to ‘Stay Exactly Where He Is’

    08/28/2018 2:42:43 PM PDT · by detective · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2018 | Pam Key
    Tuesday Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters on Capitol Hill that he had “total confidence,” in his former U.S. Senate colleague Attorney General Jeff Sessions. McConnell said, “I have total confidence in the attorney general. I think he ought to stay exactly where he is.”
  • Republican Senate Moving to Fund Planned Parenthood and Aborted-Baby-Parts Research

    08/24/2018 4:26:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2018 | 4:53 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday voted to pass an appropriations bill funding the Department of Health and Human Services that—if adopted by the House and signed by President Trump—will not only permit the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood but will also allow the continued federal funding of scientific research that creates “humanized mice” using organs taken from aborted babies. After some maneuvering on Thursday afternoon, the leadership allowed a floor vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) that would have prohibited all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. That amendment was only brought up for a vote...
  • McConnell: Senate will stay until 12 Trump judges approved

    08/23/2018 2:29:01 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 8/23/18 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the Senate will stay in session this month until it approves a dozen more Trump judicial picks and four other executive branch nominees. The Kentucky Republican laid out the schedule after setting up votes to defeat Democratic filibusters on all 16 nominees. “No more obstruction, no more delays. It’s time to confirm them all,” Mr. McConnell said. “The Senate will continue to work right through August until every single one of them is confirmed.” That appeared to be a warning to senators who were hoping for another summer break. Mr. McConnell already...
  • Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up

    08/17/2018 6:57:06 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/18 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate is working through the August recess. Sort of. Senators didn’t arrive in Washington for this week’s work until late in the day Wednesday and held their last votes of the week at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, adjourning a few hours later. Sen. Dick Durbin Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat, skipped the week altogether, as did seven Republican senators — not counting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is away from Washington indefinitely fighting brain cancer. The poor attendance on the Republican side of the aisle did not sit well with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has emphasized for weeks...
  • Congress is set to legalize hemp

    08/12/2018 3:49:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | August 12, 2018 | Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post
    Lawmakers are poised to fully legalize hemp after a decades-long campaign, setting the stage for the resurgence of a once-common crop that disappeared during the war on drugs. The legalization provision, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and included in the Senate’s farm bill, would officially classify hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the federal controlled substances list. Lawmakers are also expected to advance the measure when they meet next month to draft the final, bicameral version of the legislation. Hemp landed on the list because it is, like marijuana, a form of the cannabis...
  • McConnell still sees speedy confirms for Kavanaugh

    08/10/2018 9:30:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he still wants to have Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed and sitting on the Supreme Court by the start of the new term in October. That is an aggressive schedule that means senators would hold a final vote well before all of the documents they’ve requested about his background would be released to the public by the National Archives ~snip~ “He’ll get confirmed. It won’t be a landslide, but he’ll get confirmed,” the senator said.
  • McConnell: Wall Funding Would ‘Probably’ Have to Wait Until After Midterms

    07/30/2018 12:46:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/30/18 | Pam Key
    This weekend on WHAS Radio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said border wall funding would “probably” have to wait until after midterms. Sunday President Donald Trump’s tweet threatening a government shutdown if a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was not funded. his weekend on WHAS Radio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said border wall funding would “probably” have to wait until after midterms. Sunday President Donald Trump’s tweet threatening a government shutdown if a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was not funded.
  • McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum

    07/20/2018 3:29:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/20/18 | ELANA SCHOR and BURGESS EVERETT
    <p>The Senate majority leader privately told senior Republicans on Wednesday that if Democrats keep pushing for access to upwards of a million pages in records from President Donald Trump’s high court pick, he’s prepared to let Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote slip until just before November’s midterm elections, according to multiple sources.</p>
  • Ryan Bounds, Trumps Ninth Circuit Nominee, Withdrawn From Senate Floor Vote

    07/19/2018 12:27:03 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 82 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | July 19, 2019 | Ellis Kim
    In a dramatic move Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the nomination of President Donald Trump’s pick for the Ninth Circuit, Ryan Bounds, after reports surfaced that his nomination didn’t have enough votes for confirmation. Bounds, an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon for the last eight years, was the Trump administration’s first nominee to the Ninth Circuit, named in September to replace Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, for whom Bounds clerked. O’Scannlain took senior status at the end of 2016. Both of Bounds’ home-state senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, opposed his nomination. They withheld their blue slips for Bounds,...
  • Republicans withdraw Trump nominee for federal appeals court at the last minute after (trunc)

    07/20/2018 1:53:53 AM PDT · by blueplum · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Staff AP/AFP
    ….after racially charged article he wrote about 'Uncle Toms' as a student at Stanford emerges ...Bounds has said that the writings are 25-year-old editorials and that he has since grown up, calling them 'poorly-worded', 'ill-conceived' and 'regreetable'. Here are some of the charges leveled by AFJ: Bounds complained about multicultural organizations at the university who 'divide up by race for their feel-good ethnic hoedowns.' Bounds wrote that 'race-focused groups' should not continue on campus, claiming that the 'existence of ethnic organizations is no inevitable prerequisite to maintaining a diverse community—white students, after all, seem to be doing all right without...