November 25th, 2012
10:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Retiring lawmakers reflect on remaining challenges

(CNN) – When the new session of Congress begins in January, most of the faces on Capitol Hill will be the same – incumbents in both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly won re-election in November.

Yet before ballots were cast, thirty-five members of Congress had already said they wouldn’t be returning to Washington in 2013. The number of retiring lawmakers was the highest since 1996, and the list included some formidable – and famous – members of the legislative branch. All will be watching from the sidelines as their former colleagues attempt to find solutions to both major legislative problems, and Congress’ own dismal approval ratings.
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Filed under: Barney Frank • Congress • Joe Lieberman • Jon Kyl • Kay Bailey Hutchison
GOP senators hold comment on immigration policy, wait on Romney
June 19th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP senators hold comment on immigration policy, wait on Romney

Washington (CNN) - Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he and most other Republican senators will hold off commenting on the merits of President Obama's new immigration policy until Mitt Romney makes his position clear in a speech scheduled Thursday to a group of Latino elected officials.

"I think most of my members are interested in learning what Gov. Romney has to say about this issue, and we're going to withhold judgment, most of us, until that time," McConnell said, in what amounted to a slightly awkward vow of silence from a politician who is typically proficient at shredding the president's positions.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Jon Kyl • Mitch McConnell • Mitt Romney
Sen. Kyl endorses Romney
April 20th, 2012
12:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Kyl endorses Romney

(CNN) - Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl threw his support behind Mitt Romney, the candidate's campaign announced Friday.

"After a long primary, it is time for the Republican Party to come together and support the candidate who will defeat President Obama. That is why I am proud to support Mitt Romney," the Arizona senator said in a statement.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Jon Kyl • Mitt Romney
Senate race heats up in Arizona
Rep. Jeff Flake walks through the U.S. Capitol.
September 26th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate race heats up in Arizona

Washington (CNN) - Soon after Don Bivens launched his Arizona Senate bid Monday, the former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman took his first hit from GOP opponent Rep. Jeff Flake.

"If the Democrats indeed put forth a liberal lawyer and former Party Chairman, the voters will have a clear choice come November," Flake said in a statement.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jeff Flake • Jon Kyl • Senate
GOP lays out consequences of missing debt deadline
July 30th, 2011
09:28 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP lays out consequences of missing debt deadline

Washington (CNN) - With Congress and the White House still at odds on raising America’s debt ceiling, Republicans used their weekly address to illustrate the dire risks of missing next week’s deadline for reaching a deal.

“The consequences of missing this deadline could be severe, precisely because Washington borrows so much money – more than 40 cents out of every dollar it spends,” Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said.
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Filed under: Jon Kyl • national debt
Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue
July 25th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue

Washington (CNN) - Even as the impasse over the debt ceiling continues, behind-the-scenes talks are underway between Democratic and Republican leaders about a bipartisan deal to end the crisis, according to two Senate leaders intimately involved in the situation.

"There are still discussions going on," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "Everybody's talking."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl
Kyl slams Reid debt proposal for counting war savings
July 25th, 2011
07:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Kyl slams Reid debt proposal for counting war savings

Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Senate Republican blasted the debt ceiling package unveiled Monday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saying its reliance on $1 trillion in savings from the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to "phony scoring."

At the same time, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona acknowledged Republicans have supported the same approach. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin counted the same savings in the budget he proposed earlier this year.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Debt • Deficit • Iraq • Jon Kyl
Key Republican pulls out of debt ceiling talks, negotiations on verge of collapse
June 23rd, 2011
02:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Key Republican pulls out of debt ceiling talks, negotiations on verge of collapse

Washington (CNN)-With only weeks to go before the country hits the debt ceiling, bipartisan negotiations were on the verge of collapsing as one of two Congressional Republicans walked away from the talks, and the other was unclear about future discussions.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor withdrew from the negotiations Thursday, saying they had reached an impasse with Democrats over tax issues and it was time for President Obama to get involved to broker a deal that would pave the way for a vote to raise the debt ceiling this summer. Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl said that it would be difficult to continue negotiations with only one Republican at the table.
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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • Congress • Debt • Eric Cantor • Jon Kyl • Republicans
Stephen Colbert's 'not factual' hashtagging
April 13th, 2011
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Stephen Colbert's 'not factual' hashtagging

(CNN) - It was a remark seemingly made for late-night TV comics: Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that abortion is "well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does."

When the actual figure turned out to be 3%, his office released a statement clarifying that Kyl's figure was "not intended to be a factual statement."

Enter Stephen Colbert. The Comedy Central host lampooned the line on last night's show... but it turns out he was just getting started.
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Filed under: Jon Kyl • Stephen Colbert
Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate
March 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate

Washington (CNN) - While Congress debates how to continue funding the government, the political debate Sunday centered on the president’s involvement in the negotiations.

Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona blamed the Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate before the midterm elections, for the current budget battles and touted the Republican plan to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl • Kevin McCarthy • TV-State of the Union
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