[209][210], "Senator McConnell" redirects here. [119], In October 2017, White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and other Trump allies blamed McConnell for stalling the Trump administration's legislation. Despite calls from Democrats to reconvene the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the trial will happen after President-elect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration. Bush, and included 22 nominations. [15] Democrats criticized McConnell for not putting appropriations legislation up for a vote, noting that the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed an appropriations bill without wall funding and that the Senate could override Trump's veto. [79] Under McConnell's direction, Senate Republicans refused to take any action on the Garland nomination. 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He blasted the Democrats over what he called their "wish list" of items that they wished to see in the new legislation. [101], The United States federal government shut down between October 1 and 17, 2013, following a failure to enact legislation to fund the government. But the … GOP Senate retirements could make Mitch McConnell's conference even Trumpier W. James Antle III 1 hr ago Lawmakers in 14 states have proposed anti-LGBTQ bills, many of which target trans youth "Help is on the way," he said. [181] Following their divorce, she became a feminist scholar at Smith College and director of the Sophia Smith Collection. [66], Throughout Obama's tenure, McConnell led Senate Republicans in what has been called "a disciplined, sustained, at times underhanded campaign to deny the Democratic president the opportunity to appoint federal judges. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell backed down from his demand that any Senate power-sharing agreement include protections for the legislative filibuster, after … ", "Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan want to weaken incoming Democratic governors. I am committed to creating opportunities for Kentucky families and serving all Americans to help ensure a prosperous future for America. Contact United States Senators. He has supported stronger border security, free trade agreements, and reductions in taxes, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Fed up with Mitch McConnell and the Washington swamp he created? Senator Mitch McConnell believes Donald ... his supporters storm the US Capitol to try and prevent Joe Biden’s election victory being certified by lawmakers. [32], In 1990, McConnell faced former Louisville Mayor Harvey I. Sloane, winning by 4.4%. Mitch McConnell Will Lose Control Of The Senate As Democrats Have Swept The Georgia Runoffs. His foreign policy views have included support of sanctions on Cuba, Iran and Russia;[156] opposition to the Iran nuclear deal; and support of Israel. [73], In 2014, Republicans gained control of the Senate, and McConnell became majority leader; McConnell used his newly heightened power to start what was considered "a near blockade of Obama's judicial appointments". [77] Shortly thereafter, McConnell issued a statement indicating that the U.S. Senate would not consider any Supreme Court nominee put forth by Obama. If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. [107][108][109] Privately, McConnell had advised Trump against initiating the shutdown. When voters heard that legislation had been 'defeated,' journalists rarely highlighted that this defeat meant a minority had blocked a majority. [15], On February 14, 2019, ahead of the Senate approving legislation preventing another partial government shutdown and providing funding for President Trump's U.S.–Mexico border, McConnell announced that President Trump "has indicated he's prepared to sign the bill" reopening the government. [169], In 2008, McConnell faced his closest contest since 1990. Help us improve with a 60-second survey Act Now. He noted that in 2016 the Senate was controlled by a party other than the president's – and argued that for that reason, the 2016 precedent was not applicable in 2020, when the presidency and Senate were both controlled by Republicans. 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[144], After the passage of the CARES Act, McConnell waited several months before advancing any additional coronavirus relief measures in the Senate, saying in May that "I don't think we have yet felt the urgency of acting immediately," and stating that Congress should "[hit] pause" to evaluate how the allocated funds were working before approving more. "[127] On January 6, during the Electoral College vote count, McConnell spoke out against the efforts of Trump and his allies to overturn the election: Trump claims the election was stolen. In July 2016, after Trump had criticized the parents of Capt. Later that day, McConnell declared that for Trump's impeachment trial, he would be in "total coordination with the White House counsel's office" and Trump's representatives. McConnell worked to withhold Republican support for major presidential initiatives during the Obama administration, having made frequent use of the filibuster, and blocked many of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell is the second Kentuckian to serve as a party leader in the Senate, the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history. Recall Mitch McConnell from the United States Senate. [2] On January 19, McConnell said that "the mob was fed lies" and that "they were provoked by the president."[138]. [14][21], In his early years as a politician in Kentucky, McConnell was known as a pragmatist and a moderate Republican. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a fiery speech on the Senate floor Wednesday excoriating President Donald Trump and his congressional allies' to throw out the results of the 2020 election. It's a sign of generational and epochal change for our state." After Trump faced heavy criticism from some right-wing media outlets and pundits for appearing to back down on his campaign promise to "build the wall", he announced that he would not sign any appropriations bill that did not fund its construction. 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"[47], In 2012, McConnell proposed a measure allowing President Obama to raise the debt ceiling, hoping that some Democratic senators would oppose the measure, thus demonstrating disunity among Democrats. On Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, recognized Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the president-elect and Senator Kamala Harris of California as … '"[82][83] In April 2018, McConnell said the decision not to act upon the Garland nomination was "the most consequential decision I've made in my entire public career". [179], McConnell is a Southern Baptist, baptized at age 8. "[57] According to political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, "Facing off against Obama, [McConnell] worked to deny even minimal Republican support for major presidential initiatives—initiatives that were, as a rule, in keeping with the moderate model of decades past, and often with moderate Republican stances of a few years past. ", "Athens native Sen. Mitch McConnell looking forward to busy opening session", "No, the government did not pay for Mitch McConnell's polio care. [92][93], In July 2018, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. [139][140] He subsequently reversed his position when Trump endorsed the proposed package. The petition calls for a vote to remove Mitch McConnell from the United States senate. Senator Mitch McConnell’s call to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s trial left the timetable uncertain as party leaders wrangled over the basics of a functioning Senate. Tweet ... Democrats will operate a majority in the United States Senate — and that will be very good for the American people." Why is this important? Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is refusing to allow Democrats to take control of the Senate. Mitch McConnell is an embarrassment to the state and its people. Not only did this strategy produce an atmosphere of gridlock and dysfunction; it also chewed up the Senate calendar, restricting the range of issues on which Democrats could progress. "[206][207][208], In 2015 and 2019, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In response, McConnell cited the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to show that the Senate was supportive of Trump's agenda. [154], McConnell has taken conservative stances for at least the last two decades. He voted for the Iraq Resolution, which authorized military action against Iraq,[157] and supported the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 in public. [40] McConnell has received criticism for funding "temporary patches" to Kentucky's long-term healthcare problems, while simultaneously opposing and obstructing national programs that seek to improve healthcare more systematically, such as Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. He has also led opposition against Obamacare,[155] including efforts to delay or prevent the law's passage, and later efforts to repeal or replace it, including the American Healthcare Reform Act. Mitch McConnell 'plays the long game' to retain some power as it slips away . Sotomayor was confirmed days later. As news breaks Tuesday of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s praise for the United States’ election “process” and declaration of “congratulations” for “President-elect Joe Biden,” the Kentucky senator’s extensive family ties to China have resurfaced as a topic of conversation. WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said on Tuesday (Jan 19) that the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan 6 … [21] During the same time period, he taught a night class on political science at the University of Louisville. "[47] The New York Times noted early during Obama's administration that "on the major issues—not just health care, but financial regulation and the economic stimulus package, among others—Mr. [113] This was the longest government shutdown in American history. [89], On July 18, 2018, with Andy Oldham's Senate confirmation, Senate Republicans broke a record for largest number of appeals court judiciary confirmations during a president's first two years; Oldham became the 23rd appeals court judge confirmed in Trump's term. He was re-elected in 1981 and occupied this office until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. [41][42][43][15][44][45][46][33][47][48] As the leading Republican senator, McConnell confronted and pressured other Republican senators who were willing to negotiate with Democrats and the Obama administration. His comments were met with sharp criticism from various state and local officials. McConnell has also opposed stronger gun control measures, and efforts to mitigate climate change. Following Paul's withdrawal from the race in February 2016, McConnell endorsed presumptive nominee Donald Trump on February 4, 2016. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, McConnell initially opposed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, calling it a Democratic "ideological wish list". [14][18] According to one of his biographers, McConnell transformed "from a moderate Republican who supported abortion rights and public employee unions to the embodiment of partisan obstructionism and conservative orthodoxy on Capitol Hill. Related: How Georgia's special election results may change Mitch McConnell's role in the US Senate ... "Joe Biden in many ways is a creature of the Senate, as is Mitch McConnell. Click HERE for Senator McConnell’s Coronavirus Response Portal. [47][51][52][53][54][55][56], In October 2010, McConnell said that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." [182][183] His second wife, whom he married in 1993, is Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and Secretary of Transportation under President Donald Trump. [8], In 1950, when he was eight, McConnell moved with his family from Athens to Augusta, Georgia, where his father, who was in the Army, was stationed at Fort Gordon. [76], On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died. "[43][58], McConnell worked to delay and obstruct health care reform and banking reform, two of the most notable pieces of legislation that Democrats navigated through Congress early in Obama's tenure. [80] Garland's nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress. [178] With the 2020 win, McConnell has now won every county in Kentucky. Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Donald J. Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake. I look forward to working together on pro-growth policies that can help rebuild the thriving economy for American workers that was in place just one year ago.’, McConnell on Preserving the Legislative Filibuster for Both Parties, McConnell Announces $8.75 Million for Rough River Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project, McConnell Statement on Democrats’ Commitments to Protect Senate Rules, McConnell: Continuing to Fight COVID-19 Will Take “Smart, Bipartisan Actions”, McConnell Remarks on the Nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen, McConnell Announces $110 Million for the Kentucky Lock and Dam Project. "[50] A number of political scientists, historians, and legal scholars have characterized McConnell's obstructionism and constitutional hardball as contributors to democratic erosion in the United States. [11], McConnell attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate today saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was "fed lies" by President Donald Trump and others. Meet Amy McGrath — a Marine, fighter pilot, and mom running for Senate to take him on. After a report came out of Democrats investigating a second allegation against Kavanaugh, McConnell stated, "I want to make it perfectly clear. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is backing off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster Via AP news wire Tuesday 26 January 2021 10:34 Asked whether this meant "endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president", McConnell clarified that "if [Obama is] willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it's not inappropriate for us to do business with him. [32][33][34][35] However, this reputation dimmed after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2017 during consolidated Republican control of government. The petition calls for a vote to remove Mitch McConnell from the United States senate. When I could have tried to grab this power, I turned it down… I am grateful that’s been reciprocated by at least a pair of our colleagues across the aisle. [129], On November 5, 2019, as the House of Representatives began public hearings on the impeachment of President Trump, McConnell stated "I will say I'm pretty sure how [an impeachment trial is] likely to end. [91] By March 2020, McConnell had contacted judges appointed by previous Republican presidents, encouraging them to retire prior to the 2020 election, in an attempt to ensure their replacements would be under a Republican president (Trump) and a Republican-controlled Senate. [122][124][125] At the same time that McConnell refused to recognize Biden, he did celebrate Republicans who won their races in the Senate and the House in the same elections.[122][124][126]. In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. [70], In May 2010, after President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to succeed the retiring John Paul Stevens, McConnell stated during a Senate speech that Americans wanted to make sure Kagan would be independent of influence from White House as an associate justice and noted Obama referring to Kagan as a friend of his in announcing her nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a scathing speech on the Senate floor and criticized objections to the Electoral College vote. [172][173], In the November 2020 general election, McConnell faced Democratic nominee Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot; and Libertarian nominee Brad Barron, a businessman and farmer. "The mob was fed lies. [130], On December 14, 2019, McConnell met with White House counsel Pat Cipollone and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland. New Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), above, is locked in a battle with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the future of the Senate filibuster. But Democrats changed Senate filibuster rules first", "Republicans go 'nuclear,' bust through Democratic filibuster on Gorsuch", "Senate approves 'nuclear option,' clears path for Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination vote", "Mitch McConnell: The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role in Our Constitutional Order", "How the Trump Administration Is Remaking the Courts", "Parties Plot Strategy as Sotomayor Visits Capitol", "McConnell, Bunning agree: They'll vote no on Sotomayor", "Top Republican challenges Kagan's independence", "Senate votes to confirm Kagan to Supreme Court", "This Congress filled the fewest judgeships since 1952. Senator Mitch McConnell’s call to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s trial left the timetable uncertain as party leaders wrangled over the basics of a functioning Senate. I’m glad we’ve stepped back from this cliff. [citation needed] Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, did not seek re-election in the 2006 elections. [50] Levinson noted, "McConnell altogether rationally... concluded that Republicans have nothing to gain, as a political party, from collaborating in anything that the president could then claim as an achievement. "[18] On February 12, 1999, McConnell was one of 50 senators to vote to convict and remove Bill Clinton from office. [110] Privately, other Republican senators pressured McConnell to stop blocking appropriations legislation. McConnell also directed Senate Republicans in negotiations for two other coronavirus response packages: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, and the CARES Act. [23], McConnell has been widely described as an obstructionist. 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