Mitch McConnell

McConnell tries to lower GOP expectations on spending

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

So much for controlling the power of the purse: McConnell warned his GOP colleagues that they are almost certainly going to have to accept spending levels above those in the 2011 Budget Control Act that introduced the sequester, the series of automatic cuts and ceilings meant to restrain federal spending.

Mitch McConnell’s Fig Leaf to Justify Continued Funding to Kill Babies

Erick Erickson, RedState

McConnell is telling Republicans that Pro-Life groups are opposed to a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. The message is coming from McConnell’s loyal lieutenants too and is being heavily pushed by loyal media friends. There’s a problem with this too -- it’s not true.

Defunding Planned Parenthood: The GOP Leadership’s Next Self-Inflicted Crisis

At some point, Congress has to do what's right -- not just from a political standpoint, but from a moral one, and on defunding Planned Parenthood that time is now. If there’s a government shutdown, better that than continuing to make every American taxpayer complicit in the murder of thousands of babies and the trafficking of their dismembered bodies.

Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal A “Go” Corker and McConnell Betray America One More Time

Rather than take the path outlined by our friends Andy McCarthy and Ted Cruz to leave the sanctions in place, thanks to yesterday’s vote – forced for no reason by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – McConnell and Corker have effectively given the Iranian nuclear weapons program the go ahead and hobbled the next (hopefully conservative) President who might have been expected to try to undo the vast damage to our national security Bob Corker, Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama have inflicted.

If John Boehner can face a no-confidence vote, why can't Mitch McConnell?

Ed Straker, American Thinker

To be Senate Majority Leader, a Republican needs 51 votes (a Democrat would only need 50, because Lunch Box Joe would break a tie). Currently there are 54 Republicans. That means if a Republican challenged McConnell, only four Republicans would need to vote against him to topple him, assuming no Democrats voted for him.

What Should Congress Do First?

The Republican establishment “leaders” who run Capitol Hill are notorious for not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time and appear to be genetically unable to deal with more than one major issue at a time. Please tell us which of these important issues Congress should deal with first; defunding Planned Parenthood, defeating the Obama – Corker Iran nuclear weapons deal, the Meadows resolution to oust Speaker Boehner or the need to pass appropriations to fund the federal government for the fiscal year starting October 1?

If they won’t fight, destroy them

Erick Erickson, RedState

Republicans in Washington have spent more time avoiding their constituents over the August recess than they have fighting for anything in the past several years. Every Republican Presidential candidate should be on record on whether they think the GOP should hold the line against funding Planned Parenthood no matter what.

Surrender Monkey Mitch McConnell Caves On Planned Parenthood

If there is one individual who represents the face of the stale, tone-deaf, timid, moss-covered and obtuse leadership of the GOP establishment, it is Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell emblematizes the rudderless leadership, vacuous core, and duplicitous tendencies of the powers that be within the Republican Party.

Gerritson: No Fake Leadership Show Votes On Defunding Planned Parenthood

Tea Party leader Becky Gerritson reminds us Congress holds the power of the purse specifically for the purpose of reigning in the executive branch, and it needs to commit to using every tool at its disposal to ensure that Planned Parenthood is not propped up by taxpayer dollars. Gerritson says, one needs to remember, as Senator Ted Cruz stated, “If the bill is attached to the budget and the government does shut down, it would be the fault of President Barack Obama, not the GOP."

Mitch McConnell spends 20k against GOP candidates

Joe Cunningham, RedState

By allowing Planned Parenthood to continue receiving federal funding, Sen. Mitch McConnell essentially enabled the gruesome abortion provider to buy a direct mail campaign against pro-life Republican candidates. McConnell had the chance to kill the blood money – he didn’t.

Scott Walker’s Disappointing Weathervane Campaign

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
More than anything conservatives are looking for principled leadership on the issues. Far from "taking the gloves off," Scott Walker's reluctant attack on the amorphous "they" of the DC Republican establishment shows Gov. Walker to be more like a weathervane following the political winds, than a compass pointing true North on the foundational principles of the conservative agenda.

Trump and Cruz Voters Hold the Key to Electing a Conservative Congress

What the Republican establishment and its U.S. Chamber of Commerce allies fear beyond anything else, including the election of Hillary Clinton as President, is that those voters who support Donald Trump and Ted Cruz can be welded into a cohesive grassroots populist conservative army committed to breaking what Ted Cruz calls the “Washington cartel.”

Manners Before Truth: The Usual RINOs Pile on Ted Cruz

Daniel Davis, Townhall

Sen. Ted Cruz's public accusation that Mitch McConnell lied to fellow Senators has not gone over well among the GOP leadership. Establishment Republicans are predictably going after the Texas Senator and rebuking him for violating Senate etiquette.

Attack on Ted Cruz: Can the GOP’s Capitol Hill “Leaders” Get Any Lower?

What really got Ted Cruz in trouble was not calling Mitch McConnell a liar – everyone in Washington already knows McConnell is a liar – what got Cruz in trouble with DC’s inside operators was telling the truth about how Capitol Hill works.

Presidential Horse Race 2016: GOP’s approval rating hits new low as candidates vie for debate spots

A little over a week out from the first GOP presidential debate, the sixteen declared Republican candidates face the daunting prospect of trying to buck the party’s negative image, please its angry conservative voting base and win the nomination.

Where is the outrage, GOP candidates?

Eric Erickson, RedState

GOP presidential hopefuls should be talking about the Republican congressional leadership’s utter betrayal of conservative voters rather than making routine campaign stops. When Mitch McConnell refuses to allow a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, why aren’t they speaking up?

Ted Cruz Issues Manifesto For Conservative Populism

Friday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The establishment media made a big deal out of Cruz calling-out Mitch McConnell as a liar, but the real history-making aspect of Cruz's speech was the manifesto for conservative populism buried in the truth-telling about Mitch McConnell's duplicity.

GOP Agenda In Taters As Boehner Admits 'Stumbles'

Rick Moran, American Thinker

The fact that Boehner was blindsided on abortion & border security shows a man without a plan or even a clue. Unless both Boehner & McConnell show leadership & begin listening to their members, R's are in danger of being seen as unable to govern.

GOP Leaders Seek Escape Plan on Immigration

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Mitch McConnell & John Boehner are struggling to find a way to fund the Dept. of Homeland Security while meeting conservative demands to unwind Obama’s exec. actions giving legal status to millions of illegals who would face deportation.

Boehner-McConnell Retreat In Amnesty Fight Alarms Conservatives

S. A. Miller, Washington Times

If GOP leaders weren't willing to use Congress’ power of the purse, the most potent weapon possessed by lawmakers to restrict a president, to stop an unconstitutional act, conservatives reasoned, would the GOP-controlled Congress ever go to the mat to fight Obama?