Sen. Mitch McConnell
Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.
Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they say the Senate’s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sat with eyes glued to his mobile device as the chaos he provoked ensnared his Republican leaders on the Senate floor.
Senate Republicans accused Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of trying to “jam” through legislation and nominations as some members of Congress look to head home before the Christmas holiday.
Kentucky’s U.S. senators and its five Republican congressmen joined Monday in a legal fight before the U.S. Supreme Court, filing a brief that challenges environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants.
A leading Senate Democrat says its “safe to say” a compromise budget bill avoiding a government shutdown will pass the Senate this week.
The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., proposed delaying the fee in recent budget talks with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell and other Republican senators objected; the fee was left intact.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday brushed off criticism that he has turned into a liberal following his role in a budget compromise with Democrats to end a partial shutdown of the federal government.
“A visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state. … We’re going to do everything we can in the future to try to repeal it. But that requires a Republican Senate and a different president.” — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”