McConnell: Senate 'Can Be Better' If GOP Takes Control

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 05:45 PM

By Amy Woods

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday looked ahead to the midterm elections this year and outlined a strategy for the rancorous "shirts-against-skins" chamber if Republicans regain control, Politico reported.

McConnell, who is running for re-election this year in Kentucky against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, also critiqued the Senate and said it "can be better."

"I'm not here to claim that we are without fault," he said in a speech on the floor that lasted 40 minutes. "But I am certain of one thing — I'm absolutely certain of one thing — that the Senate can be better than it is."

The session started off poorly this month when McConnell lambasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, for quashing amendments to the bill extending long-term unemployment insurance.

"But alas, I expect that opportunity will not be allowed because one person who's allowed to get priority recognition can prevent us from getting any amendments, or even worse still, pick our amendments for us — to decide which of our amendments are OK and which aren't," McConnell said.

Part of his strategy to improve the Senate is to allow more amendments on the floor, Politico reported.

In a rebuke, Reid defended his leadership by saying the number of amendments proposed by Republicans during McConnell's tenure is more than during those of other Republican leaders, including Bill Frist of Tennessee and Trent Lott of Mississippi.

"So, Republicans should stop trying to justify their opposition to helping Americans in need with false claims about my leadership of this institution," Reid said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

FBI Takes Wendy Davis Documents But Scope of Probe Unclear

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:58 PM

The FBI has control of documents related to Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis' work while she was an attorney for the North T . . .

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Steps Down

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:23 PM

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express is leaving her post so she can focus on the campaign for Senate Minority . . .

SC Gov. Haley in Double-Digit Lead Over Democratic Challenger

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:04 PM

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley holds a substantial lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in this y . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved