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Mitch McConnell: It's clear Senate will vote against President Trump's national emergency

Mitch McConnell: It's clear Senate will vote against President Trump's national emergencyMitch McConnell had hoped President Trump wouldn't declare a national emergency but that he was "obviously" unsuccessful in convincing him not to.



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Trump to sign border bill, declare emergency: McConnell

Trump to sign border bill, declare emergency: McConnellPresident Trump will sign a spending bill to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his border wall.



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McConnell: Senate to Vote on Green New Deal So Lawmakers Can ‘Go on Record’

McConnell: Senate to Vote on Green New Deal So Lawmakers Can ‘Go on Record’Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by a coalition of progressive lawmakers vowing to eliminate all greenhouse-gas emissions within ten years, while simultaneously creating millions of jobs in a government-subsidized green-energy sector.“I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” McConnell said with a sly smile during a Tuesday press conference.> .@Senatemajldr: "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the GreenNewDeal." pic.twitter.com/1HP5lSDjzM> > — CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector.A “frequently asked questions” document that accompanied the resolution referenced the complete elimination of air travel and farting cows. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal.McConnell and Trump are reportedly united in their desire to tie Democrats to the bill's socialist policy framework ahead of the 2020 elections — an endeavor that should prove simple since virtually the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field endorsed it as soon as it was introduced.When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II.“There's a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they're like ‘Oh it's impractical, oh it's too expensive, oh it's all of this,’” Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that's impractical. See that ball in the sky? That's impractical.’”



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McConnell, Schumer Urge Trump to Sign Spending Deal

McConnell, Schumer Urge Trump to Sign Spending DealSenate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday urged President Trump to sign the tentative spending deal Congress reached Monday night."I have recommended that if it becomes what we think it is, I do recommend [Trump] sign it," McConnell told reporters. "I think he's got a pretty good deal here. . . . I hope he’ll find this agreement acceptable and he’ll sign the bill."Schumer, meanwhile, said Trump would be to blame if another government shutdown occurred, and urged the president to back the deal to prevent one.“Sign it and don’t cause a shutdown," the New York Democrat said.Congress has until Friday, when funding runs out for about a quarter of the government, to craft a spending package Trump will sign. Lawmakers reached a tentative deal Monday that included $ 1.375 billion for the construction of barriers on the southern border, not the $ 5.7 billion the president requested for a concrete wall. Republicans and Democrats hope to avoid repeating the partial shutdown that began in late December and dragged on for a record 35 days.Trump has hinted he may not sign the current deal, telling reporters on Tuesday, “I’m not happy about it. It’s not doing the trick.”“I’m adding things to it, and when you add whatever I have to add, it’s all going to happen where we’re going to build a beautiful, big, strong wall,” he added.Some Republican members of Congress expressed even more displeasure and called on the president to take executive action to build the wall."This conference agreement is hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the flow of illegal immigration," Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows wrote in a Monday night tweet. "It kicks the can down the road yet again, failing to address the critical priorities outlined by Border Patrol Chiefs. Congress is not doing its job."Trump has floated moving federal funds around and using his executive power, including possibly declaring a national emergency, to build hundreds of miles of border wall.



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Green New Deal: McConnell wants Democrats to go 'on record' about AOC's climate change plan

Green New Deal: McConnell wants Democrats to go 'on record' about AOC's climate change planSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't like the Green New Deal, but he wants a vote on the controversial so Democrats can be put on the record.



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McConnell Condemns King's Comments on Race as ‘Unworthy’

McConnell Condemns King's Comments on Race as ‘Unworthy’The Kentucky Republican is the highest ranking Republican to condemn King’s rhetoric amid the latest controversy surrounding his racist or anti-immigrant comments. Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina and King’s fellow Iowans Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley also have denounced King’s rhetoric.



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How Mitch McConnell Is Working Behind the Scenes to End the Shutdown

How Mitch McConnell Is Working Behind the Scenes to End the ShutdownWhen the shutdown ends, it will likely be the handiwork of the leader who's stayed offsides: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.



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In major shift, Mitch McConnell announces the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform bill

In major shift, Mitch McConnell announces the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform billThe bipartisan "First Step Act" aims to reduce the number of people in the nation's crowded prisons.



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Bucking McConnell, Sens. Graham And Paul Call For Vote On Criminal Justice Bill

Bucking McConnell, Sens. Graham And Paul Call For Vote On Criminal Justice BillSens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) often find themselves on



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McConnell touts 'bipartisanship,' warns Democrats against 'presidential harassment'

McConnell touts 'bipartisanship,' warns Democrats against 'presidential harassment'Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear Wednesday that he is happy with the outcome of the election that has increased his majority by at least three senators.



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