Mitch McConnell

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Reporters Ask McConnell: What's Wrong With Your Health?

The Senate majority leader has apparent bruising on his face and hands

(Newser) - Sen. Mitch McConnell pretty much punted this week when asked about apparent bruises and bandages on his hands, the Guardian reports. "Of course not," he said Thursday when asked if the public needed details. The 78-year-old—who also had blue discoloration around his mouth—didn't respond when... More »

Report: McConnell Warns WH Against Relief Deal

Pelosi says some progress has been made

(Newser) - Washington negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill took a modest step forward on Tuesday, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House against going forward. The AP reports that McConnell on Tuesday told fellow... More »

Pelosi Sets Stimulus Deadline, While McConnell Plans Vote

Dueling plans are more than $1T apart in cost

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there has to be meaningful progess in negotiations on a pandemic stimulus bill by Monday if anything is going to pass before the election. The framework for unsettled parts of the package, at least, need to be settled, she said. "Are we going with... More »

Stimulus Deal Advances, but a Big Skeptic Remains

Senate majority leader McConnell thinks it's unlikely to happen before the election

(Newser) - With President Trump's on-and-off support now back on, the White House sent a bigger stimulus package proposal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Pelosi spent a half-hour discussing the $1.8 trillion plan on the phone Friday afternoon, Politico reports. The two sides... More »

McConnell: I Stopped Visiting White House Months Ago

Due to concerns over COVID-19 precautions

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell made what the AP calls a "stunning admission" Thursday: He stopped going to the White House over the summer due to concerns over coronavirus precautions, or the lack thereof. "My impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine and what I... More »

Barrett's Confirmation Appears to Be Less Certain

Two senators on Judiciary Committee have tested positive for virus

(Newser) - The COVID-19 toll on the Senate could put Republicans at risk of running out of time—and votes—as they try to push through the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. Three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, and others are in self-quarantine. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority... More »

McConnell: I've Decided on the Barrett Hearing

The media asks whether her Rose Garden event was a 'super-spreader'

(Newser) - With three colleagues sidelined by COVID-19, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he's shelving all votes for the next two weeks—but Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing will continue, the Washington Post reports. Two of the Republican senators who tested positive, Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, are... More »

If GOP SCOTUS Plan Works, Democrats Should Act in Kind

Time for them to play 'constitutional hardball'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is now Ruthless—and Democrats should be the same way if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell manages to "get a midnight Trump nominee to the Supreme Court confirmed" and Democrats take both the White House and Senate, writes Scott Lemiuex at NBC News . Lemiuex, a political... More »

Trump Clashes With Susan Collins Over Supreme Court Pick

And he says his nominee will 'mostly likely' be female

(Newser) - President Trump said Saturday that his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably come in the next week and would "most likely" be a woman, the AP reports. He also disagreed with a Republican who broke ranks, Sen.... More »

Obama Has a Message for Republican Senators on RBG

Dems remind GOP of their remarks in 2016 on filling an empty SCOTUS seat during election year

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell vowed late Friday that a vote will be held on President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, who died Friday at 87. But prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, are pushing back, digging up the remarks of McConnell and other GOP senators from... More »

McConnell: Senate Will Vote on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

Senate majority leader explains why in a Friday night statement

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell wasted no time in making clear that the nominee President Trump selects to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." In a Friday night statement that acknowledged Ginsburg's "extraordinary American life,"... More »

All but One Senate Republican Votes for COVID Relief Bill

Rand Paul joins Democrats in blocking scaled-down measure

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's scaled-down COVID relief package was shot down in the Senate on Thursday as expected , though Politico reports that Republican leaders scored at least a symbolic win. All but one GOP senator voted in favor, with Rand Paul the lone exception. That resulted in a 52-47 vote in... More »

Newest COVID Relief Package Looks Doomed

Mitch McConnell will float smaller measure, but chances of passage are close to nil

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races, said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, per the AP . The problem: It has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping aid. The... More »

Here Are the Key Points of GOP's Virus Relief Package

It would cut the federal jobless benefit from $600 to $200

(Newser) - Unemployment assistance, eviction protections, and other relief for millions of Americans are at stake as White House officials launch negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new coronavirus aid package that's teetering in Congress ahead of looming deadlines. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, flanked by top GOP lawmakers... More »

Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'

Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime... More »

Mitch McConnell Will Face the Fighter Pilot

Amy McGrath wins close race against Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate primary

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell will have to defend his Senate seat in Kentucky against a former fighter pilot. Amy McGrath, a retired Marine, has won the close Democratic primary against state Rep. Charles Booker, a progressive African-American lawmaker, reports NBC News and Politico . McGrath was long the favorite to be the nominee,... More »

Voters Rebuff Trump Picks in N. Carolina, Kentucky

And more from Tuesday voting

(Newser) - New York, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi held primaries or runoff elections Tuesday , and in two of those states, voters rebuffed President Trump—or at least his preferred nominees. In North Carolina, Madison Cawthorn, 24, won the runoff for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Mark Meadows when he... More »

McConnell Won't Condemn Clearing of Peaceful Protesters

Senate majority leader introduces his own resolution, which also gets blocked

(Newser) - A resolution was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday that would have condemned President Trump's controversial actions against peaceful protesters Monday night in Washington, DC, but Mitch McConnell blocked it, Axios reports. The resolution would have condemned Trump "for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets... More »

McConnell: I Misspoke in an Obama Criticism

Previous White House did leave behind a pandemic plan

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is walking back a criticism of President Obama. In an interview on Fox News Thursday, the Senate majority leader acknowledged that the Obama administration did, in fact, leave behind a plan for handling a pandemic, reports USA Today . "I was wrong," McConnell said. "They did... More »

McConnell: Obama 'Should've Kept Mouth Shut'

Says discussing coronavirus response was 'classless'

(Newser) - Former President Obama isn't happy with the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which means Mitch McConnell isn't happy with him. "I think President Obama should've kept his mouth shut," the Senate majority leader told President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump during a... More »

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