McConnell Preemptively Criticizes Obama Address

Speaking on the Senate floor hours before the State of the Union, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., preemptively slammed President Obama’s annual address, saying he is already disappointed in the speech. The president is scheduled to deliver the nationally televised speech in the House chamber Tuesday, and several reports have signaled it will focus on […]

McConnell Recommends Tabling Online Piracy Bill

With a number of Senators abandoning support for new online piracy laws, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling on Senate Democrats to reconsider bringing the controversial bill up for a vote. The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) would block access to foreign websites that supporters claim are “dedicated to theft” and break U.S. copyright laws. […]

McConnell: House Should Pass Short-Term Payroll Extension

With the deadline approaching, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., publicly broke with Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh., and urged the Republican-controlled House to pass the two-month payroll extension. Last weekend, McConnell brokered a bipartisan deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., to keep the tax relief for another two months. However, Boehner denounced the deal […]

Democrats Backing Off Millionaires to Compromise on Payroll Tax Cuts

With time running out before the expiration of the payroll tax cuts, Democrats are dropping their proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans to pay for the relief as a way to compromise with their Republican counterparts. The legislation to extend the cuts passed the House earlier this week, but not without contention or the remaining […]

McConnell Urges Passage of GOP Payroll Tax Plan

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged the House to pass a Republican plan that extends the payroll tax cut. But the legislation includes wording to speed up federal approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which has become a dividing issue. The 1,700-mile link would bring oil from Alberta, […]

Schumer Rips McConnell’s Leadership

In an interview with Politico, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-Ny., used intense partisan language to attack Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling the GOP leader’s strategy “petty” and painting him as weak. The extensive piece shows the New York Democrat criticizing McConnell on a number of fronts, from the high-profiled budget negotiations to little […]

McConnell Predicts Bipartisan Support for GOP Payroll Tax Cut Plan

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted a plan to extend the payroll tax cut for workers will receive significant bipartisan support. The Republican leader was a cheerleader for the GOP plan unveiled in the House on Friday, which has tied the tax relief to the controversial Keystone pipeline approval. […]

McConnell Backhands Fellow Republicans Millionaire Tax Increase Bill

During a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took jabs at a fellow GOP lawmaker for introducing a bill that raises taxes on wealthy Americans to extend the payroll tax cuts. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Susan Collins, R-Me., and would put higher taxes on millionaires […]

McConnell: GOP Supports Extending Payroll Tax Cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has reiterated GOP lawmakers’ support for extending the payroll tax cut for another year, but Kentucky’s senior Senator says his party will oppose any hikes on wealthier Americans. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a measure that would extend the cuts passed last year. The Democratic-sponsored bill […]

McConnell: Democrats Sabotaged Supercommittee

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats and the White House of intentionally undermining the supercommittee to gain political points in next year’s elections. The 12-member panel was charged with cutting $1.2 trillion in debt from the federal budget over ten years, but announced last week it had failed […]