Senate Republicans elect Mitch McConnell majority leader
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was elected by his Republican colleagues on Thursday to run the Senate as majority leader in the next Congress, which convenes in January. His promotion from minority leader comes after Republicans took control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections. Ref. USAToday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today said he plans to hold up a vote on the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch until the Senate passes a now-controversial human trafficking bill.
"This will have an impact on the timing of considering a new attorney general," McConnell told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again."
Democrats are now holding up the trafficking bill, which glided through the Judiciary Committee, after they noticed an abortion provision embedded in the bill.
A spokesman for Minority Leader Harry Reid slammed McConnell for holding up Lynch's nomination.
"There is nothing stopping the Senate from confirming Lynch and continuing to debate the trafficking bill this week, except Senator McConnell's unwillingness to bring her nomination up for a vote," Spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "No more excuses, no more delays. Confirm Loretta Lynch now." Ref. CNN
Senate Republicans re-elect Mitch McConnell as majority leader
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was re-elected to the top leadership spot by his GOP colleagues on Wednesday. McConnell has been majority leader since 2015 and served as minority leader in the previous four Congresses. Senate Democrats elected Chuck Schumer of New York as minority leader. Ref. USAToday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says McConnell’s speech blasting Trump will haunt the Republican party: 'That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns'. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech castigating former President Donald Trump for "Dereliction of duty" in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would be used against Republican candidates in the 2022 election. "He got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans,” Graham said of McConnell. Ref. USAToday.
Donald Trump rips Mitch McConnell in new statement as divide in Republican party grows. Seeking to keep control of the Republican Party, Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the party's highest-ranking elected official. "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump said in a written statement put out by a political action committee called "The Save America PAC." Ref. USAToday.
I hardly think anyone could feel sorry for Mitch after watching that whole trial, voting to acquit Trump and then turning around and then saying in a round about way that legal action should be taken against him for causing the insurrection.
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