Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org en Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/republican-senator-kelly-ayotte-speak-university-louisville-stump-mitch-mcconnell <p>U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.</p><p>First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland<br />Security committees.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8888 at http://wfpl.org Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell UofL, UK Presidents Praise Mitch McConnell for Helping Land Obama Manufacturing Jobs Partnership http://wfpl.org/post/uofl-uk-presidents-praise-mitch-mcconnell-helping-land-obama-manufacturing-jobs-partnership <p>The presidents of Kentucky's two major universities are praising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for his role in helping to secure funding for an Obama administration partnership meant to spur manufacturing jobs.</p><p>President Obama announced earlier today a $140 million commitment in Department of Defense funds would be going towards a program for two innovation institutes.</p><p>The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have both been selected to participate in the public-private partnership.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:26:51 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8711 at http://wfpl.org UofL, UK Presidents Praise Mitch McConnell for Helping Land Obama Manufacturing Jobs Partnership Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress http://wfpl.org/post/report-mitch-mcconnell-john-yarmuth-among-wealthiest-members-congress <p>A new report shows that for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of lawmakers in Washington are millionaires. And two members of Kentucky’s federal delegation are among the wealthiest.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/">analysis of personal financial disclosure records</a> released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows most members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8214 at http://wfpl.org Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable http://wfpl.org/post/report-history-mitch-mcconnells-side-re-election-senate-leaders-are-more-vulnerable <p>A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.</p><p>An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2014/01/mitch_mcconnell_not_so_easy_ta.php">sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent</a> of the time.</p><p>In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8144 at http://wfpl.org Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement http://wfpl.org/post/senate-gop-leader-mitch-mcconnell-opposes-ryan-murray-budget-agreement <p>After days of speculation on where Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stood, the GOP leader says he will vote against the two-year budget agreement forged by Democrats and Republicans.</p><p>The Ryan-Murray plan seeks to relieve around $63 billion of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration while continuing to slash the nation's deficit by a projected $23 billion over the next decade.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:51:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7926 at http://wfpl.org Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement Hot Mic Catches Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Discussing Shutdown Talking Points http://wfpl.org/post/hot-mic-catches-mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-discussing-shutdown-talking-points <p>As a growing number of Americans disapprove of the federal government shutdown, a <a href="http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/Live-mic-catches-Senators-McConnell-and-Paul-talking-strategy-226238531.html">&quot;hot mic&quot; conversation</a> Wednesday night caught Kentucky Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing how the GOP can avoid blame.</p><p>Speaking to McConnell in the midst of Capitol Hill interviews, Paul says if Republicans were to pivot from de-funding President Obama&#39;s health care law to seeking an overall &quot;compromise&quot; the GOP will &quot;win this.&quot;</p><p>McConnell can be heard concurring with Paul that it is bad politics for Democrats to say they won&#39;t negotiate, but a recent CBS News survey shows <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57605822/poll-americans-not-happy-about-shutdown-more-blame-gop/">most Americans are still blaming the GOP</a> for the shutdown.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eziI4h3J0Eg" width="480"></iframe></p><p>It is certainly a raw politics moment for Kentucky&#39;s two U.S. senators, who have forged an alliance in recent years.</p><p>The campaign to elect U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is pouncing on the conversation, calling it a cynical approach in the face of the shutdown&#39;s real world impact. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:58:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7079 at http://wfpl.org Hot Mic Catches Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Discussing Shutdown Talking Points Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare http://wfpl.org/post/senators-mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-say-kentucky-not-buying-obamacare <p>In a rebuttal to Democratic Gov. Steve <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/new-york-times-op-ed-governor-steve-beshear-says-kentucky-needs-obamacare">Beshear&#39;s editorial praising the Affordable Care Act</a>, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul argue Kentucky isn&#39;t buying into the president&#39;s health care law.</p><p>The <a href="https://kyenroll.ky.gov/">health exchange dubbed Kynect</a> launched on Tuesday allowing residents to shop for an insurance plan as part of the federal law, better known as Obamacare.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:57:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7078 at http://wfpl.org Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women http://wfpl.org/post/two-kentucky-lawmakers-highlight-government-shutdowns-effects-kentucky-women <p>Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.</p><p>The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.</p><p>&quot;Certainly the furloughing of employees&mdash;half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families&mdash;and I don&#39;t know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer,&quot; said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. &quot;That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses.&quot;</p><p>Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.</p><p>Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/228377277/day-2-of-government-shutdown-affects-variety-of-workers?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week</a> or so.</p><p>Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-congressional-leaders-government-shutdown-20131002,0,1901576.story">Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House</a>&nbsp;Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.</p><p>Marzian says the shutdown is a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_from_wic_to_the_panda_cam_seven_ways_the_shutdown_will.html">disaster for women on a number of fronts</a> and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks,&quot; she says. &quot;But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you&rsquo;re here you&rsquo;re on your own.&quot;</p><p>Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:43:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7065 at http://wfpl.org Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Blames 'Extreme' GOP Wing for Government Shutdown http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-blames-extreme-gop-wing-government-shutdown <p>Calling it Washington, D.C., &quot;silliness,&quot; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is blaming the government shutdown on a faction in the Republican Party, which he argues is holding the country hostage.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s comments come as federal lawmakers appear to be further entrenched in their positions.</p><p>Congress failed to reach a budget deal on Monday to finance the government and certain services.</p><p>Earlier Tuesday, the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/senate-rejects-latest-house-gop-effort-budget">Senate rejected the latest House effort to hold a conference</a>&nbsp;,and no meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders have been set.</p><p>Fischer, a Democrat, joined a chorus of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYJgbzNKVso">elected officials outside of Washington who are scolding lawmakers</a> over the shutdown and its possible effects on state and local governments.</p><p>&quot;If there&rsquo;s a prolonged shutdown that&rsquo;s going to affect the confidence of people and that&rsquo;s not going to be good for business. We do not need to go back into another recession because of this silliness that&rsquo;s going on in Washington, D.C. right now where people can&rsquo;t come together on agreement,&quot; he says.</p><p>This shutdown is the first in nearly two decades, and its biggest impact thus far is the furloughing of around 800,000 federal employees across the country. As of 2011, approximately 9,000 federal employees were working in Louisville, but not all of them will be furloughed if they&rsquo;re considered essential personnel.</p><p>A number of monuments and agencies have already announced their closures, such as the Library of Congress and National Zoo with more expected this week.</p><p>In the first day of the shutdown, many lawmakers spent the day trying to avoid taking the political blame.</p><p>Speaking on the Senate Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky once again criticized Democrats for killing the fourth measure out of the GOP-controlled House.</p><p>&quot;They&rsquo;ve now said they won&rsquo;t even agree to sit down and work out our differences. They won&rsquo;t even talk about it. They literally just voted against working out a compromise,&quot; he says. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:59:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7048 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Blames 'Extreme' GOP Wing for Government Shutdown Senator Mitch McConnell Praises House 'Compromise' Bill as Shutdown Appears Imminent http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-praises-house-compromise-bill-shutdown-appears-imminent <p>With less than 36-hours until a shutdown, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says a late night vote by the House has presented Democrats with a way to keep the federal government running.</p><p>The new proposal is being pitched by Republican leaders as a compromise, but it still links financing the government to the president&#39;s health care law.</p><p>Shortly after midnight, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/house-brings-government-verge-shutdown">the GOP-controlled House passed a bill to keep funding the government</a> through December 15.</p><p>The measure also delays the Affordable Care Act by one year and repeals a tax on medical devices in the law, which is considered a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate and in the face of President Obama&#39;s veto pen.</p><p>McConnell says the House has put the ball in the Senate&#39;s court and the American people do not want a shutdown, but don&#39;t want Obamacare either.</p><p>From McConnell&#39;s office:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;While some in the Senate Democrat leadership may think employers should get preferential treatment over individuals and families, and that repealing Obamacare&#39;s medical device tax is &#39;stupid,&#39; many other Democrats have made it clear they disagree. They should be allowed to vote to protect the thousands of good American jobs the medical device tax threatens to destroy and to give the same treatment to individuals and families that the White House has already given employers. The choice for Democrat leaders is clear: either shut down the government, or listen to the American people and act.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Democrats have poked holes in this latest move, however, calling it &quot;smoke in mirrors&quot; given that it once again puts funding for the president&#39;s health care law.</p><p>As observers have noted, with Obamacare&#39;s implementation set to roll out on Oct. 1 it is unlikely the president will gut his signature achievement.</p><p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:40:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7022 at http://wfpl.org Senator Mitch McConnell Praises House 'Compromise' Bill as Shutdown Appears Imminent