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Mitch McConnell Lays Down Radical Marker on Voting Rights: “This Is Not a Federal Issue”

In 1890, responding to a wave of violent suppression of Black voters in the South, Rep. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Northeastern Republican, pushed through a bill to ban poll taxes and give the federal government the power to enforce the 15th Amendment, which allowed all men regardless of race the right to vote. That amendment had been run through Congress on a party-line vote.
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Mitch McConnell just blew up Joe Manchin's bipartisan dream

(CNN) — Bipartisanship is a two-way street. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has made working across the aisle his North Star, learned that lesson the hard way on Thursday afternoon, when Senate Minority Leader shut down any chance of a bipartisan compromise on election and voting reform. "States, not...
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Maxine Waters says when Mitch McConnell ‘opens his mouth I tend to turn him off’

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has blasted Mitch McConnell over his opposition to election reform and says that when he “opens his mouth I tend to turn him off”.The outspoken California Democrat criticised the Senate minority leader after he vowed to block voting legislation from advancing any further later this month.Ms Waters was asked about Mr McConnell’s position when she appeared with Jim Acosta on CNN.“You were talking about your opening compromise and you don’t want to give away the store. It sounds like the store is not open,” for Mr McConnell, said Acosta.Ms Waters, the chair of the House of Financial...
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Mitch McConnell says Republicans will reject Joe Manchin’s compromise bill on voting rights

After Senator Joe Manchin pitched a compromise bill following his rejection of sweeping voting rights proposals in the For The People Act, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – whose caucus is ready to reject the Democratic bill – said he also opposes the counter offer.The measure needs at last 60 votes to pass the evenly divided Senate to overcome a likely Republican filibuster; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is teeing up a vote in the Senate on 22 June, though it’s unclear Democrats even have enough votes to begin debate.S1, or The For The People Act, proposes automatic voter...
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Biden discusses infrastructure talks, Mitch McConnell and Putin with reporters

President Biden addressed reporters on the tarmac in Switzerland before boarding Air Force One to head back to Washington, concluding his first foreign trip as president. Mr. Biden apologized for being a "wiseguy" to a reporter during his press conference following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also spoke about the latest developments in negotiations on an infrastructure bill and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's recent comment that Republicans wouldn't let Mr. Biden fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if the GOP has retaken the chamber.
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Mitch McConnell plays his Supreme Court card

(CNN) — If President Joe Biden wants to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, he had better hope a seat opens up between now and the end of 2022. That's the unmistakeable message sent by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in an interview Monday with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.
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Mitch McConnell is telling on himself and his party. Democrats don’t want to hear it

Mitch McConnell is telling us exactly who he is, and too many Democrats are refusing to listen. Asked today by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt whether he would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in 2024 should Republicans reclaim the majority, he said, “I think it’s highly unlikely.” McConnell then refused to comment one way or the other on whether he’d confirm Joe Biden’s hypothetical nominee in 2023.In the same interview, McConnell pledged to intervene in Republican primaries to tilt the scales in favor of the most electable candidate. “Hopefully we won’t have to intervene, but if we do, we will,”...