McConnell reelected as leader, Thune promoted to whip

ㅤ"Senate Republicans on Wednesday reelected Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to another term as Senate Majority Leader and promoted Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to serve as Senate Republican Whip.
ㅤGOP lawmakers promoted Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to serve as Senate Republican Conference chairman and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to serve as Policy Committee chairman. Sen Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was elected vice chairwoman of the GOP conference."

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 11/14/18. See "mitch mcconnell."

Mitch McConnell confronted while dining at Louisville restaurant

ㅤ"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, was accosted while dining at a restaurant Friday evening in Louisville with his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
ㅤAt least two people heckled Mr. McConnell after spotting him at the restaurant, Havana Rumba, including an unidentified man who was filmed loudly taunting the lawmaker from a few feet away…"

Full story at The Washington Times. Posted here on 10/20/18. See "mitch mcconnell, kentucky."

McConnell: Bill reining in Trump's tariff powers 'an exercise in futility'


ㅤ"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Wednesday that he will not support legislation reining in President Trump’s tariff authority and that the President will not sign such a bill.
ㅤ’Yeah, I don’t think we need to be trying to rein in the President through legislation. No. 1, it would be an exercise in futility because he wouldn’t sign it,’ McConnell told SiriusXM when asked if he opposed the bill.
ㅤMcConnell was asked about legislation, spearheaded by GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), that would require Trump to get congressional approval for any tariffs invoked under the national security sections of the trade law, known as Section 232."ㅤ

Full story and video at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 6/6/18. See "tariffs, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell."ㅤHome

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McConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows


ㅤ"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview with The Hill said he thinks Republicans can make a play for Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat in Ohio.
ㅤBrown previously hadn’t been a top target of McConnell’s, who just last week left Ohio off a list of Democratic-held seats he saw as top midterm targets.
ㅤHis new comments point to the growing optimism among Republicans that they can widen the map, and that their electoral prospects are improving with a strengthening economy and an uptick in President Trump’s approval numbers."ㅤ

Full story and video at The Hill, image from wsj(.net) – 5/26/18. See "mitch mcconnell, sherrod brown, ohio."ㅤHome

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McConnell tees up vote on 20-week abortion ban

ㅤ”The legislation, from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), would make it illegal for any person to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possible penalty of five years in prison, fines or both.”

Full story at The Hill, image from (tags abortion, abortion ban, anti-abortion, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, pro-life, 20-week abortion ban) – 1/24/18

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Senate votes to end shutdown


ㅤ”The three-week funding bill still needs to pass on a final up-or-down vote, but that is a formality now that the Senate has voted to end dilatory debate. The House is expected to approve the bill quickly.”

ㅤô¿ô …The federal government had a snow day.

Full story at The Hill, image from (tags chuck schumer, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, schumer, senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress) – 1/22/18

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McConnell promises immigration debate if government reopens


ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday promised to take up an immigration bill protecting an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and allow an open amendment process if Democrats agree to reopen the government.
ㅤThe Senate will vote at noon on a three-week funding resolution to end the government shutdown that began at midnight Saturday. The legislation includes an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
ㅤDemocrats have been pressing McConnell for a vote on the Dreamers legislation, and it is unclear whether his latest commitments will be enough to win them over.
ㅤWith some Republicans expected to vote against the bill, nearly a dozen Democratic votes will likely be needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle.”

Full story at The Hill, image from (tags daca, democratic party, democratic socialists, democrats, dreamers, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, progressives, senate, senate republicans, senators, socialists, u.s. congress) – 1/22/18

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Senate to vote at 10 p.m. on doomed spending bill


ㅤô¿ô …This is the final act of the farce. The Dems have to prove to the open-border nut jobs that they didn’t go down without a fight. But the plan concocted by both parties will get the bill passed. Expect a lot of staged screaming from Dems.

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Here’s How Mike Pence Could Pass Tax Reform Without A Single Concession To Democrats

ㅤ”Congress adopted the ‘Byrd Rule’ in 1985, which bars any ‘extraneous measures’ that do not directly change revenues or expenditures from getting included in a reconciliation bill. Typically, the Senate parliamentarian makes a judgment on each provision of a bill to see if it has a direct impact on the federal budget.
ㅤCustomarily, before leadership moves forward with a bill under reconciliation rules, the Senate’s parliamentarian analyzes any objections that senators raise to provisions in the bill they feel do not meet reconciliation requirements. All provisions have to be germane to the bill and have a direct impact on the budget. The Senate parliamentarian typically makes a ruling on whether or not each provision meets those requirements and advises the presiding officer (Pence or another senator in his absence) on which provisions should stay.
ㅤPence has the ability to work around the parliamentarian. It is the President of the Senate, not the parliamentarian, who makes the ruling on what is permissible under reconciliation and what is not, a historian at the U.S. Senate Historical Office told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The parliamentarian has a purely advisory role.”

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McConnell floats rules change to limit debate on nominations

ㅤ”McConnell cited a proposal crafted by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) that would limit the minority’s power to run out the clock after debate has been formally curtailed. Lankford began floating the idea in April as Democrats forced a procedural showdown over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch — who occupies the seat Garland had been nominated to fill.
ㅤThe Senate currently has 30 hours of floor time to discuss a nominee after cloture is invoked to limit debate, and Lankford’s plan would limit that to 8 hours.”

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GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader

ㅤ”The candidate survey underscores the tricky balancing act facing Republican Senate candidates in 2018, which is shaping up to be a proxy war between the party establishment and its grass-roots base.
ㅤOn one side is McConnell and his deep ties to the national party’s donor network, a prized asset for any candidate facing a tough primary. On the other side is Breitbart chairman and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the anti-establishment provocateur with an influential news outlet who is asking candidates to oppose the majority leader.”

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Schumer: Bipartisan health care bill ‘has a majority’

ㅤ”This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it. We have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans,’ Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on ‘Meet the Press’ on NBC. ‘I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week. It will pass and it will pass by a large number of votes.”

ㅤô¿ô …Sure thing Chuck. HAHA !!

Story at Politico, image from politico(.com). #chuck schumer #health care #health insurance #healthcare #lamar alexander #mitch mcconnell #patty murray #republican senators #rnc #senate #senate republicans #u.s. congress — Visit the post page to like, share or reply to this post.

McConnell: Trump ‘doesn’t get nearly enough credit’

ㅤ”‘I think President Trump doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the changes that he’s brought about that are unrelated to legislation,’ McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union.
ㅤMcConnell, who has long sought to cut back federal regulations, said that Trump’s changes to commissions, such as the SEC, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Food and Drug Administration, have ‘impact on the growth in this country.’
ㅤ’Donald Trump being elected President and Republicans having a majority in the House and Senate give us an opportunity to accomplish something really important for the country, to get it growing again,’ the Senate Majority Leader said.”

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House, Senate leaders near budget deal to set up tax reform

ㅤ”The House and Senate need to pass identical budgets in order to allow Republicans to use a fast-tracking procedure that sidesteps the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold for passage. Then Republicans can jam a tax bill through on party lines, which is their current plan.”

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Mitch McConnell Folds Under Populist Pressure, Extends Senate Workweek

ㅤ”The Senate will soon move into its 11th month into its congressional term and has yet to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace package, pass tax reform, confirm judicial nominees, and fund a southern border wall.
ㅤLast week, more than 100 national leaders urged Senate Republican leaders to use every means at their disposal to confirm more than 200 presidential nominations currently pending in the U.S. Senate, both for the executive branch and for the federal courts.
ㅤAt the moment, roughly 149 judicial vacancies exist, and yet the Senate has only confirmed seven of President Donald Trump’s 56 judicial nominees- nominees that experts have praised across the board.”

Story at Breitbart, image from breitbart(.com). #aca #border security #border wall #judicial nominee #mitch mcconnell #obamacare #repeal #senate #tax cut #tax cuts #tax plan #tax rate #tax reform #taxes #u.s. congress – Go to reblog (browser only).

Republican leaders expect budget to pass in crucial step towards tax reform ㅤ ㅤ……

Story and video at The Washington Examiner, image from washingtonexaminer(.com).

ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that the chamber would vote to pass the budget by Friday.”
ㅤC’mon Rand. Make it unanimous.

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Trump White House fed up with the Senate ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ……

Story at Politico, excerpt at the DC Drain, image from politico(.com).

ㅤ”‘The House passed health care, the House has already passed its budget, which is the first step of tax reform. The Senate hasn’t done any of that. Hell, the Senate can’t pass any of our confirmations,’ Mick Mulvaney fumed in an interview, slapping a table for emphasis. ‘You ask me if the Republican-controlled Senate is an impediment to the administration’s agenda: All I can tell you is so far, the answer’s yes.’
ㅤThe revulsion for the Senate’s age-old traditions and byzantine procedure boiled over in public repeatedly on Monday. Trump complained in front of TV cameras that the Senate is ‘not getting the job done’ and said he sees where Steve Bannon — his former chief strategist now planning to run primary challengers against incumbent Republican senators — ‘is coming from.'”

#congress #donald trump #mick mulvaney #mitch mcconnell #paul ryan #potus #president #steve bannon #tax cut #tax cuts #tax plan #tax rate #tax reform #taxes #trump administration #white houseGo to reblog.

Mitch McConnell: We must pass a budget to get to tax reform

Story at The Washington Examiner, notes at the DC Drain, image from senate(.gov).

ㅤAs you can see in the chart, by requiring a budget, McConnell may be attempting to block the President’s agenda.
ㅤVisit for more info on the budget process.

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Bannon promises ‘season of war’ against McConnell, GOP establishment ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ……

Story at Politico, notes at the DC Drain, image from politico(.com).

ㅤ”Referencing Shakespeare, Bannon compared McConnell to Julius Caesar, adding that lawmakers are wondering who will emerge as Brutus, the character who reluctantly joins in on the assassination of Caesar for the benefit of Rome.”

#mitch mcconnell #muslim brotherhood #steve bannonGo to reblog.

White House pressures Rand Paul to back tax plan ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ……

Story at Politico, notes at the DC Drain, image from politico(.com).

ㅤ”‘We’re looking at it,’ Paul said. ‘We want to make it something we can be proud of.'”

ㅤWho the hell is we?

#politics #conservative #republican #gop #draintheswamp #maga #mitch mcconnell #rand paul #marc short