Latest Mitch McConnell News

Yellen outlines to Congress emergency measures on debt limit

Jul. 23, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that a default would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the...

Governor to skip Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic

Jul. 23, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear will skip next month's Fancy Farm picnic — where prominent Kentucky politicians grill one another in the sweltering heat before heckling partisan crowds. Since it's an off-year for elections, the governor will spend...

GOP's vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions

Jul. 22, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious variant sends caseloads soaring. But after months of ignoring — and, in some cases, stoking —...

Beshear uses ex-Trump official's words in urging COVID shots

Jul. 22, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor on Thursday invoked a warning from a top Trump administration health official in urging people resisting the COVID-19 vaccine to get the shots, as the delta variant causes a spike in coronavirus cases. After months of...

Dems hit McConnell, who says GOP won't back debt limit boost

Jul. 22, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats accused Republicans Wednesday of a “shameless, cynical” ploy that would damage the economy and the government's credit rating after the chamber's GOP leader said his party would vote against raising the federal debt limit. In the...

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Jul. 22, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly next week. ...

Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

Jul. 21, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly...

Vermont governor: Federal infrastructure package significant

Jul. 21, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden would be significant for Vermont and the rest of the country if passed, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. Scott and a small bipartisan group of governors and...

Big infrastructure bill in peril; GOP threatens filibuster

Jul. 20, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden is hanging precariously ahead of a crucial Wednesday test vote as they struggle over how to pay for nearly $1 trillion in public works spending. Tensions were rising as...

McConnell urges Americans: 'Get vaccinated' as cases spike

Jul. 20, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus. ...