Latest Mitch McConnell News

Stalled US aid for Ukraine underscores GOP's shift away from confronting Russia

Feb. 19, 2024 12:14 PM EST

At about 2 a.m. last Tuesday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin stood on the Senate floor and explained why he opposed sending more aid to help Ukraine fend off the invasion launched in 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I don't like this reality," Johnson said....

Montana Rep. Rosendale drops US Senate bid after 6 days, citing Trump endorsement of opponent

Feb. 16, 2024 00:49 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale dropped his U.S. Senate bid on Thursday, less than a week after he got into the race only to see former President Donald Trump quickly endorse his opponent. Rosendale, a hard-line conservative, said in a...

Angela Chao, shipping business CEO and Mitch McConnell's sister-in-law, dies in Texas

Feb. 15, 2024 18:13 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Angela Chao, a shipping industry CEO and sister-in-law to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has died in a car accident, her family says. Chao, 50, died Sunday in Texas, according to a family statement that did not provide any additional details about...

Biden warns opposing Ukraine funding plays 'into Putin's hands,' but faces resistance in House

Feb. 13, 2024 15:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for House Republicans to urgently bring a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan to a vote, warning that refusal to take up the bill, passed by the Senate in the morning, would be “playing into Putin’s hands.” ...

House speaker casts doubts on Ukraine and Israel aid package as senators grind toward final vote

Feb. 12, 2024 23:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson late Monday sharply criticized a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other countries, casting serious doubts about the future of the package just as Senate leaders were slowly muscling it toward a final vote. Senate...

Senators push forward with Ukraine aid package as their leaders say the world is watching

Feb. 11, 2024 17:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As former President Donald Trump and a growing number of Republicans oppose U.S. aid to Ukraine, the Senate's leaders argued in strong terms on Sunday that the money is crucial to pushing back against Russian President Vladimir Putin and maintaining America's global standing. ...

As some call for his ouster, McConnell pushes back on GOP critics: 'They've had their shot'

Feb. 09, 2024 00:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of negotiations and delays, the Senate on Thursday voted to move forward on legislation that would provide wartime aid to Ukraine and Israel. While far from a final vote, it was a momentary victory for Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, a strong supporter of the aid...

The Senate votes to begin working on a last-ditch effort to approve funds for Ukraine and Israel

Feb. 08, 2024 18:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming a week of setbacks, the Senate on Thursday voted to begin work on a package of wartime funding for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies. But doubts remained about support from Republicans who earlier rejected a carefully negotiated compromise that also included...

Biden determined to use stunning Trump-backed collapse of border deal as a weapon in 2024 campaign

Feb. 08, 2024 09:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — How it began: President Joe Biden was urgently seeking more money from Congress to aid Ukraine and Israel. He took a gamble by seizing on GOP demands to simultaneously address one of his biggest political liabilities — illegal migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. ...

Abandoned by his colleagues after negotiating a border compromise, GOP senator faces backlash alone

Feb. 08, 2024 00:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just before the Senate voted Wednesday to kill the border deal he spent the last four months negotiating, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford climbed a set of marble stairs outside the chamber and joined his wife in the visitors’ gallery. As the Republican quietly...