Mitch McConnell

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators hope their leaders can succeed where others have failed

Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills. With House leaders sidelined, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch […]

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

As Congress spits and sputters, default looms for America

Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer and a partial government shutdown neared the end of its second week. “We haven’t done anything yet” by way of compromise, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after Senate leaders took control […]

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

Hope for resolution of fiscal crisis shifts to Senate

The focus of efforts to end the government shutdown and prevent a U.S. default shifted to the Senate on Saturday, where leaders were in talks aimed at resolving the twin stalemates. Word of the negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, emerged as the Senate, […]

House GOP offers new plan to reopen government, avoid default

House GOP offers new plan to reopen government, avoid default

House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday. Republicans also seek changes in the three-year-old health care law known as Obamacare as part of an end to an impasse that […]

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday after Obama and top administration officials met for […]

Senate Dems to try and pass increase in debt ceiling

Senate Dems to try and pass increase in debt ceiling

Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government’s borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on U.S. obligations draws closer. A spokesman said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could unveil the measure as […]

Shutdown stumbles into third day amid partisan bitterness

Shutdown stumbles into third day amid partisan bitterness

The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday after a White House meeting among President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders yielded no signs of progress but plenty of evidence that Democrats and Republicans remained riven over a dispute that has idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and curtailed services nationwide. […]

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

A trio of Tea Party-backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear that they would not support […]

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

President Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria is dividing both political parties as they cope with Iraq war weariness and, in the GOP, the rise of libertarian sentiment. The dilemma is most acute, however, for Senate Republican leaders who already were worried about tea party-backed challengers to their re-election bids back home. Unlike his House […]

What you say may haunt you

What you say may haunt you

Senator Mitch McConnell‘s campaign manager is in hot water for telling someone he once worked with on the Ron Paul Presidential campaign that he is ‘sorta holding my nose’ while trying to get McConnell re-elected. The guy on the other end of the line secretly recorded the phone conversation and posted it online. Jesse Benton, […]

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