Tag: McConnell, Mitch

Kentucky’s Senator McConnell Supports Bill to Raise Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, long one of the tobacco industry’s loyal allies, said on Thursday that he would sponsor legislation to raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Mr. McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader whose home state, Kentucky, is the nation’s second-largest tobacco producer, said he was […]

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Editorial Observer: Trump’s Nominees: Too Much Even for the Die-Hards

These are vexing times for Senate Republicans. While divided government complicates the already dim prospects for legislative progress, the confirmation of presidential appointees should be simpler — especially after the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, greased the process by slashing debate time on most nominees to two hours from 30. Instead, President Trump has been […]

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Mitch McConnell, Never a Grandstander, Learns to Play by Trump’s Rules

WASHINGTON — President Trump was walking through the Capitol corridors in February, en route to his State of the Union address, when he spied Mitch McConnell, the taciturn Senate majority leader, and rumbled over to deliver his signature verbal high-five. “Mitch!” Mr. Trump said in a voice loud enough to be heard by a Republican […]

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Sure, Let’s Make the Senate Even Less Deliberative

Senate Republicans this week adopted rule changes that could make the august upper chamber something like a miniature version of the raucous and deeply partisan House. In a bid to speed confirmation of President Trump’s nominees, Republicans voted Wednesday to cut the debate time for lower-level judicial and administration picks from 30 hours to two. […]

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Senate Republicans Go ‘Nuclear’ to Speed Trump Confirmations

WASHINGTON — The “cooling saucer” of the United States Senate keeps going into the microwave. For the third time in six years, the majority party in the Senate detonated the so-called nuclear option on Wednesday to unilaterally change years-old rules of the chamber with a simple-majority vote. This time, to work through a backlog of […]

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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Gloats as Trump Retreats on Health Care

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘There Is No Plan […]

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Editorial Observer: Where’s Your Climate Plan, Mr. McConnell?

For those wondering if it was still possible for the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, to raise his cynicism game, Tuesday’s show vote on the Green New Deal supplied a resounding “yes.” Of all the pressing business Mr. McConnell could be tackling, he devoted precious floor time to the resolution introduced last month by the […]

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Only One Roadblock on the Road to Reform: Mitch McConnell

With the conspicuous perversion of the political system on daily display, congressional Democrats are eager to brand themselves the party of reform. They took another step in this direction on Friday, when the House voted 234-to-193 — along straight party lines — to pass the For the People Act, a sweeping package of proposals aimed […]

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House to Vote on Democrats’ Legislative Centerpiece

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on Friday on the centerpiece of the Democrats’ legislative agenda, a sweeping anticorruption and voting rights bill that now features a raft of amendments — including implicit rebukes of President Trump. At nearly 700 pages, the bill — called the For the People Act, or H.R. 1 — is […]

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Trump’s Grip Shows Signs of Slipping as Senate Prepares to Block Wall Emergency

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, conceded on Monday that he could not stave off final passage of a resolution overturning President Trump’s national emergency declaration, setting up a rebuke to Mr. Trump amid signs that the president’s grip even on his own party in Congress may be slipping. With Senator Rand Paul […]

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After Cohen, Republicans Are Now Trump’s Fixers

The character sketch of Donald Trump by the keeper of his secrets was no surprise to anyone who has given a passing glance at the hulk of malevolence in the Oval Office. He cheats. He defrauds. He lies by way of respiration. He thinks his son is an idiot, and that only suckers served in […]

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How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump

Among the casualties of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall is the reputation of the majority leader Mitch McConnell as a Senate institutionalist. The evidence of the last few days has confirmed, if there were still any doubt, that he is no such thing. First, he helped prolong the […]

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Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Uneasy Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. On Friday, President Trump mounted […]

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Key Takeaways From Trump’s Decision to Use a National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to roll out the big cannon. In the Rose Garden on Friday, he said he was declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, using money from other federal accounts, after Congress declined to authorize sufficient funds to satisfy him in legislation that averts […]

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Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law

WASHINGTON — The White House’s announcement Thursday that President Trump would claim emergency powers to build his border wall without congressional approval was a way out of the political crisis he created over shutting down the government. But while the move means the country will avoid another protracted shutdown, legal specialists warned that the long-term […]

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Would Congress Care More if Parkland Had Been a Plane Crash?

PARKLAND, Fla. — When I arrived at school on Feb. 14, 2018, like any junior, I was mostly caught up in Valentine’s Day chatter and events. But that all changed in the space of a few minutes that afternoon when a gunman opened fire on my classmates and my teachers, killing 17 of them and […]

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Deal or No Deal, Mr. Trump?

What will President Trump do now? This is the $5.7 billion question confronting Congress as the latest government-funding deal grinds its way toward his desk. Desperate to avoid another shutdown debacle, negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on Monday evening that, among many other measures, would provide $1.375 billion […]

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How Trump Has Hurt the Gun Lobby

Last Valentine’s Day, a year ago this Thursday, classes were wrapping up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a former student with a semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people and wounded 17 others. It so happens that this Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will move to advance legislation requiring background checks on all firearm sales. […]

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An Energy Wish List for Congress

Amid the disarray in Washington, here is a ray of hope: It seems possible that Congress could pass energy legislation this year with the support of both parties. It would not be the sweeping measure to tackle climate change that is really needed, but there is at least a chance of getting a bill that […]

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Path to Trump’s Border Wall Narrows as Republicans Balk at Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legislative path to a border wall has narrowed significantly on the eve of Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, and his fallback plan to circumvent Congress by declaring a state of emergency could yield a major rupture in his own party. As he prepares to make his case to the largest […]

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