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  • Mitch McConnell: $4T Deficit-Reduction Deal Likely Off the Table

    07/10/2011 7:12:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/10/2011
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he thinks a major deficit-reduction deal cutting $4 trillion over the next decade is off the table, claiming Democrats are pushing too hard for tax increases. "Everything they've told me and the speaker is that to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of the economic situation," McConnell told "Fox News Sunday." He called the prospect of tax hikes a "terrible idea." The Senate GOP leader is the latest to weigh in on the rollercoaster negotiations that are set to continue Sunday evening at the White...
  • Maddow Mocks Mitch McConnell: 'Little Mitch The Rodeo Queen'

    05/31/2011 7:32:45 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    File this one under: Imagine If The Partisan Tables Were Turned. On her MSNBC show this evening, Rachel Maddow repeatedly mocked the Republican Senate leader as "little Mitch, the rodeo queen." Maddow was miffed over McConnell's arranging a Senate vote on the raising of the debt ceiling, and by extension the Republican position on Medicare reform. And so, for about ten--interminable--minutes, Maddow beat into the ground a labored metaphor, somehow analogizing McConnell to the little girls in Utah who were forced to compete on stick ponies because the real horses had been sidelined by illness. View video here.
  • GOP leader McConnell to force Senate vote on healthcare repeal

    02/01/2011 12:26:58 PM PST · by RobertClark · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/01/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will force a vote on healthcare repeal as early as this week despite pledges from Senate Democrats to block the effort. McConnell told colleagues during a lunch meeting Tuesday that he will offer healthcare reform repeal as an amendment to legislation on the Senate floor. McConnell told Republican colleagues during a meeting in the Lyndon Baines Johnson room that he would offer the repeal amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, according to a Senate GOP source. The GOP leader plans to offer his amendment later Tuesday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Master of the Senate - (Mitch McConnell gets the job done)

    01/29/2011 7:33:21 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan. 24, 2010 | Robert Costa
    Mitch McConnell would not smile. The rest of the crowd, full of big-name Democrats and liberal activists, nodded and cracked grins as Vice President Joe Biden quoted Edmund Burke, the famed Anglo-Irish statesman, on the nature of compromise. But McConnell, the purse-lipped Senate GOP leader, remained still, unmoved by Biden’s invocation of a favorite conservative philosopher. Days before, Biden and McConnell had crafted an agreement to extend Bush-era tax rates for two years. Now, on a frigid December afternoon, the pair was standing on a dais in the first-floor auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. As Biden playfully cited...
  • McConnell vows to grill vulnerable 2012 Dems on healthcare reform repeal

    12/19/2010 11:57:42 AM PST · by freespirited · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said he will force Democrats to vote on a repeal of the landmark healthcare reform law when Republicans control half of Congress next year. “I’m hoping we will receive from the House of Representatives a full repeal of Obamacare; it will be hard to get that through the Senate,” McConnell said on CNN's "State of the Union." McConnell said he hopes “that among those who had maybe second thoughts in the Senate, including the 23 Democrats who are up for re-election in ’12, there will be some openness to revisiting what I think is...
  • Reid: Earmarks are 'what we're supposed to do'

    12/16/2010 9:55:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/16/10 | Stephen Dinan
    Preparing for a final showdown on the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended the thousands of earmarks in the measure as the basic function of Congress. "That's our job. That's what we're supposed to do," Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, said as he chastised fellow senators who, while having requested pork-barrel spending earlier this year, are now decrying their inclusion in the spending bill.
  • Who Can You Trust?

    12/17/2010 6:41:11 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 11 replies · 1+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12.17/10 | Purple Mountains
    Of course, it's not over until it's over, but the disgusting frenzy going on in Congress right now, after the American people spoke loudly and clearly, is making me crazy. What has become very clear is two things: the Democrats want to undo the results of the election, and RINO Republicans didn't get the message at all. Senator Jim De Mint, a conservative Republican from South Carolina and a hero of mine, wanted to have the Seanate read the Start Treaty from beginning to end, thus limiting the time the Democrats would have to inflict maximum damage on tax-paying citizens;...
  • Mitch McConnell caves, will support DeMint’s ban on earmarks

    11/16/2010 8:28:49 AM PST · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2010 | Allahpundit
    Last week he was “quietly campaigning” against it, today he’s suddenly seen the light. Why the change? Well, for starters, DeMint now thinks he has enough votes to pass the resolution in tomorrow’s caucus meeting. The last thing McConnell needs at the start of a new term is an embarrassing defeat, especially with Tom Coburn hint-hinting that earmark supporters should be primaried and with rumors forever swirling that DeMint might challenge McConnell for majority leader. (Indeed, DeMint’s already rushed out a statement congratulating McConnell for his “bold leadership.”) Beyond that, though, I think his hand was forced this weekend when...
  • McConnell agrees to ban earmarks

    11/15/2010 10:35:41 PM PST · by FredJake · 26 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), agreed to a ban on earmarks. Originally, he had resisted such a ban, arguing that it would put the president in charge of state spending, but noted that most Americans were upset over abuses in the system. According to an article at Fox News, McConnell said: "As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example," McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session. "Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years,...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Welcomes 13 GOP Freshman Senators to Capitol Hill – Video 11/15/10

    11/15/2010 6:14:16 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcoming the 13 new Republican Senator-elects to Washington D.C. for their orientation. McConnell described what a contrast today was with 2006 and 2008 when he welcomed one, and two freshman Senators respectively! Sitting around McConnell were the 13 GOP Freshman Senators, including Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt, Rand Paul, and Mark Kirk. It should be interesting to see how they do!
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • Promises, Promises: Will Obama, GOP Keep Theirs?

    11/05/2010 11:34:59 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 05, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Despite everyone's expectations, getting President Obama and the new Republican majority in the House to work together shouldn't really be that difficult. At least it shouldn't be difficult if both sides just keep their campaign promises. In his election night remarks, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the leader of the new House Republican majority, promised: "[The Republican agenda] starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it. Reducing the size of government instead of expanding it." Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the same pledge. Despite the 21.4 percent increase in federal spending during the first two years of his...
  • Reid Still Pushing The Rejected Obama Agenda

    11/04/2010 5:43:12 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/04/10 | CaroleL
    There was never any doubt that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) didn't get it, but Nevadans re-elected him anyway. Now, just two days after the historic election that saw Republicans take back the House of Representatives and make serious gains in the Senate, Senator Reid is still spouting the same divisive rhetoric despite the clear message voters across the country have sent.
  • Live Thread: House GOP Leadership Post-Victory Press Conference 11:30 A.M. EDT 11/03/10

    11/03/2010 8:49:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | Kristinn
    The House Republican leaders are scheduled to have a press conference around 11:30 a.m. EDT.C-SPAN will carry it live. The cable networks will probably carry it also.
  • Buck won't commit to supporting McConnell as GOP leader

    10/27/2010 9:01:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said Tuesday night he wouldn't commit to supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as Senate GOP leader. Buck joined several other Republican Senate candidates aligned with the Tea Party movement who haven't yet signed on to supporting McConnell as the party's top official in the Senate. "You know, I'm going to make that decision when we get there," Buck said on the Fox Business Network when asked if he'd be supporting McConnell for leader. "I am not going to try to guess who's running and who's not running." The Colorado conservative isn't the only possible member...
  • McConnell: 'GOP Leadership United to Repeal Obamacare'

    10/21/2010 7:35:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Much back and forth has gone on this week over whether Republicans are committed to the repeal of the government takeover of health care known as Obamacare. The so-called mainstream media has gotten into the act in an effort to suppress Republican voter turnout. Having a great deal invested in the Obama façade they created, the media is once again in full protect mode trying to help Democrats avoid an out-and-out slaughter on Nov. 2. The only way to suppress GOP turnout is if disheartened voters believe their efforts to expel Democrats won’t make a difference in policy. And the...
  • Mitch McConnell: Most Americans Believe the Obama Government has been “Extreme” – Video

    09/26/2010 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 26, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacting to Christianne Amanpour’s blatantly biased question today with which she painted GOP Senate candidates Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell as “bizarre” and “fringe.” McConnell gave a perfect answer. He said to Amanpour: “You want to know what most Americans think is extreme? . . . . What most Americans think is extreme is the kind of Government we’ve been running for the last year and a half . . . “
  • McConnell: In Delaware, O'Donnell has 'a good chance of winning'

    09/26/2010 7:21:39 PM PDT · by truthfreedom · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/26/10 | Mike Lillis
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he likes the odds on Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate ruffling GOP feathers in the contest to replace former-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). "The Delaware primary was interesting — a new candidate, fresh face," McConnell said on ABC's "This Week." "I think she's got a good chance of winning."
  • McConnell Fears Overconfidence

    09/12/2010 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | September 12, 2010 | John Stanton and Jackie Kucinich
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday cautioned Republicans against appearing to take for granted that they will make significant electoral gains in November, saying Democrats still have cards to play and voters rarely reward overconfidence. In an interview Friday, the Kentucky Republican warned that the “American people have not finally spoken yet. And I don’t think they like any measuring of the drapes.” “I think the time to spike the ball in the end zone is when you’ve scored” and not before, McConnell said, although he readily acknowledged Republicans are well-positioned this year. “Having said that, we’ve got a...
  • McConnell: GOP Would Have a “Very Good Day” if “Election Were Tomorrow” - Video

    08/22/2010 2:47:30 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 22, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP U.S. Senate Majority Leader – Sen. Mitch McConnell – being asked if the GOP would be able to take back control of the Senate in this year’s Midterm Elections. McConnell refused to make a prediction, but he did say that if the “election were held tomorrow, we’d have a very good day.” He cited the fact that Democrats “are on defense” in at least 12 Senate elections, and the “Republicans are on offense.” “I’m very optimistic” McConnell said. I don’t think Mitch McConnell has to worry about being guilty of “irrational exuberance!”