Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"
February 15th, 2014
06:49 PM ET
6 months ago

Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Friday defended his decision back home in Kentucky to join Democrats in a vote to clear a filibuster hurdle that allowed a vote to raise the debt ceiling.

"My job is to protect the country when I can and to step up and lead on those occasions when it's required. That's what I did," he said at a campaign appearance in Louisville.

McConnell was one of 12 Republican senators to join Democrats on Tuesday in voting to end debate on the debt-ceiling bill that will extend the federal debt limit for a year, a move his opponents have been quick to criticize him for.

President Obama signed the bill into law Saturday in California, the White House said in a statement.
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Filed under: Debt • Mitch McConnell
McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014
February 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
7 months ago

McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.

McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Mitch McConnell
McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race
January 31st, 2014
04:14 PM ET
7 months ago

McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election team announced Friday that it added $2.2 million to its war chest, a sum that far outpaces the Kentucky Republican’s bipartisan challengers.

McConnell, who’s been fundraising for years with eyes on a sixth term in the Senate, has raised a total of $20 million for the race and ended 2013 with $10.9 million left in the bank.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Fundraising • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.
January 26th, 2014
11:58 AM ET
7 months ago

Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.

Washington (CNN) – It was just over a month ago that lawmakers on Capitol Hill passed a bipartisan budget and members were singing "Kumbaya."

Those days are over.
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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • Mitch McConnell
McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year
January 22nd, 2014
10:39 AM ET
7 months ago

McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year

(CNN) -  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new TV commercial that his team touts as its first major buy for the Kentucky Republican's 2014 re-election campaign.

McConnell's campaign says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run the positive ad statewide. The spot features a Kentucky resident named Robert Pierce, who says McConnell helped him recover from throat cancer.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Justices lean toward Congress in White House fight over recess appointments
January 13th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
7 months ago

Justices lean toward Congress in White House fight over recess appointments

Updated 6:04 p.m. ET, 1/13/2014

(CNN) - Supreme Court appeared on Monday to lean toward Congress in the fight over presidential recess appointments – those placed in top government jobs temporarily without Senate approval.

It’s a high-stakes constitutional and political confrontation over a practice that has accelerated in recent years due to partisan gridlock in Congress.

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Filed under: Mitch McConnell • President Obama • Supreme Court
Conservative group funnels nearly $1 million into race against McConnell
January 3rd, 2014
06:10 PM ET
8 months ago

Conservative group funnels nearly $1 million into race against McConnell

(CNN) - A conservative group announced Friday that its members spent $2 million in Senate races in the fourth quarter of 2013, roughly half of which went to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's arch-conservative primary challenger.

The Senate Conservatives Fund said members invested nearly $1 million in the primary race to oust McConnell and nominate tea party challenger Matt Bevin.
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Filed under: 2014 • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?
December 10th, 2013
08:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?

Washington (CNN) -- Sen. John Cornyn, welcome to the club.

The two-term Texas lawmaker is now the seventh Republican Senator up for re-election next year to face a primary challenge from his right.

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Filed under: John Cornyn • Lamar Alexander • Mike Enzi • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Thad Cochran
KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him
December 5th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
9 months ago

KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him

(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's criticism of the Affordable Care Act may come back to haunt him in the next year's midterm race, according to Steve Beshear, the Democratic governor of McConnell's home state of Kentucky.

"I have a U.S. Senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don't want this. Well, the facts don't prove that out," the Governor said at Thursday's Democratic House Leaders caucus meeting on Obamacare.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
RNC chair: ‘Of course’ I’m supporting McConnell
December 3rd, 2013
07:58 PM ET
9 months ago

RNC chair: ‘Of course’ I’m supporting McConnell

Washington (CNN) - The head of the Republican National Committee waved off any suggestion he might not rally behind Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in his bid for reelection.

"Of course I'm going to support the leader of the Republican Party," Reince Priebus told the panel on CNN's "Crossfire" on Tuesday.

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