Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy Reportedly Skipping Ceremony Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Two of the most senior Republicans in Congress will not attend a ceremony at the Capitol today honoring the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to reporting from NBC.

NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt reported on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was listed as not attending while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy won’t attend either.

Mitch McConnell is on the ‘list of regrets’ for the ceremony honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Capitol today, — where she is the first woman ever to lie in state, a source tells me,” Hunt tweeted.

.@senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is on the “list of regrets” for the ceremony honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Capitol today, — where she is the first woman ever to lie in state, a source tells me

@GOPLeader is also not expected to attend and has not been seen read more

With His Support, Romney Gives McConnell What He Needs to Push Ahead with a SCOTUS Confirmation

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he supports holding a vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Although his support does not mean Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes to confirm the nominee, it does mean the Senate can move forward with hearings immediately.

“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said in a statement, adding that the “historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.” read more

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg Dead at 87

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg has been a Supreme Court Justice for the last 27 years. She was initially placed on the bench by Bill Clinton in 1993.

This death will likely allow Donald Trump to place one more Conservative Justice on the Supreme Court. Just weeks ago, Trump created a list of people that he may nominate.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader has been chomping at the bit to place a new judge on the court. This is despite the fact that he failed to vote on Merrick Garland when the 2016 election was months away.

At least some Conservatives have argued that there should not be a justice voted on during an election year. This includes Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowski.

Bader-Ginsburg became a folk hero, popular amongst both Liberals and Conservatives.

Trump will likely immediately look to place a new justice on the bench. This is a still developing story with more to come soon.

McConnell Warns D.C. and Puerto Rico Statehood Will Create Four New Democratic Senators

McConnell accuses Democrats of obstruction

Mitch McConnell has warned against admitting Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as states because it would create new Senate seats for the Democrats and let them pack the courts.

The Senate Majority Leader has railed against plans to grant D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood before but on Friday he made his concerns about their potential political representation explicit.

After they change the filibuster, they’re going to admit the District as a state. They’re going to admit Puerto Rico as a state,” McConnel said, as reported by CNN’s Ryan Struyk.

“That’s four new Democratic senators in perpetuity. Once they get a hammerlock on the Senate, they’re going to then pack the Supreme Court.”

MCCONNELL: "After they change the filibuster, they're going to admit the District as a state. They're going to admit Puerto Rico as a state. That's four new Democratic senators in perpetuity. Once they get a hammerlock on the Senate, they're going to then pack the Supreme Court." read more

Joe Biden to Talk to Senate Democrats This Week

Joe Biden knows a little something about being in the United States senate. He began his career there at the young age of 31 and stayed there for the next 36 years. The only thing that got him out of the body was being elected to the Vice Presidency.

The Democratic challenger will be speaking the the Democratic caucus later this week. According to Politico, “Thursday’s conversation is expected to center around mobilizing voters in individual states and discuss helping to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. It will be the first time Biden addresses the full Democratic caucus since receiving the Democratic nomination for president.”

The Democrats will have a number of chances at taking back the legislative body this fall. Polling shows them in prime position to win seats in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina. There are also competitive races in Iowa, Montana, Georgia and South Carolina.

Mark Kelly (AZ), Sara Gideon (ME), John Hickenlooper (CO) and Cal Cunningham (NC) are the Democratic challengers with the best hopes of taking over seats with Kelly and Hickenlooper looking like shoe-ins.

Kim Reynolds (IA), Jaime Harrison (SC), Steve Daines (MT) and Jon Ossoff (GA) are all within striking distance of Republican incumbents.

On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell seemed like a man who was worried about potentially losing the senate this fall. He told reporters, “I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control.”

The current Senate Majority Leader also said that Democrats plan to, “run roughshod over the country.”

McConnell says abolishing the Senate filibuster, if Democrats do it, would enable them to "run roughshod over the country." He also warns of DC statehood.

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 15, 2020 read more

Warren Calls on McConnell to Reconvene Senate to Address USPS Troubles

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to reconvene the Senate to address problems with the United States Postal Service (USPS) amid reports that the Trump administration is interfering with the postal service to impact November’s general election.

“Good for [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for bringing the House back. I believe Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back as well,” Warren told NBC News’s “TODAY” show. “People depend on the post office. We’re depending on it for our democracy.”  

Yesterday, Pelosi called the House back in session to work on a proposal to block the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the postal service.

“Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President’s campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters,” Pelosi said in a letter to fellow House Democrats yesterday. “That is why I am calling upon the House to return to session later this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman [Carolyn] Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act,’ which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020.” read more

“Mitch Better Have My Money”: Kentucky Voters Angry at McConnell’s Response to Economic Crisis

Kentucky voters are angry at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s response to the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters have taken to protesting outside McConnell’s Louisville office, carrying signs with slogans such as “Mitch Better Have My Money.”

Protests have been organized by Kentucky representatives from the AFL-CIO, Teamsters and other labor groups. They say they’re furious over McConnell’s repeated delays on vital coronavirus relief funds.

According to The Washington Post, the labor protest “marked only the latest in a series of exasperated complaints from Kentuckians directed at McConnell (R), as some locals find themselves frustrated by the absence of their powerful political representative on Capitol Hill. In more than two dozen interviews, out-of-work residents, struggling restaurant owners and other business leaders, as well as a cadre of annoyed food, housing and labor rights groups, all said they are in dire need of more support from Congress — the likes of which McConnell has not been able to provide.”

Unemployed workers say their benefits aren’t enough for them to pay their bills. Some have even have stopped looking for jobs while businesses continue to suffer. Many households are experiencing food insecurity.

“We’re seeing huge numbers of people needing help,” said Jason Bailey, the executive director of the left-leaning Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. “I can’t imagine a state that needs additional relief more than Kentucky does.”

Those interviewed said the $600 unemployment benefit that citizens received after Congress approved the CARES Act has been a critical lifeline. McConnell has argued that the benefit disincentivizes people from looking for work.

“There are some people, I’m sure, that are bringing home more than they were making before the pandemic,” said one man. “But there’s also those of us who’s making a lot less. … What about those of us who need a job, and can’t get a job, because the coronavirus is coming back?” He added: “Democrats and Republicans have made this a fricking political issue when it shouldn’t be political, it ought to be what’s best for the country.” read more