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GOP focuses on health care law repeal in weekly addressupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 09:46:00

Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court review of the health care reform law that many Republicans call "Obamacare," and a day after the law's two-year anniversary, Sen. Mitch McConnell used the GOP weekly address Saturday to hammer President Barack Obama over the measure.

GOP: Repeal and replace health care lawupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 09:46:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

White House, Republicans talk compromiseupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.

Obama: American auto industry is backupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

The president says that the auto bailouts worked, in an address to the United Auto Workers union in Washington.

Sources: Agreement reached to prevent shutdownupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 05:30:00

Congressional negotiators have come to an agreement they believe will prevent a government shutdown, according to several Democratic sources.

Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticksupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:03:00

In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.

Senate blocks payroll tax dealupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:31:00

The Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals for a payroll tax cut extension.

CNNMoney: Senate Republicans lay out payroll tax cut planupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 08:28:00

Senate Republicans on Wednesday released the outlines of their proposal to extend the payroll tax cut -- and it differs significantly from one put out by Senate Democrats.

Who's angry now? Does Senate spat reflect frustrated national mood?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:53:00

An emotional debate on the Senate floor Thursday night is putting a microscope once again on the political games in Washington that Americans overwhelmingly detest.

Key health care initiative droppedupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:55:00

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, explains why the White House is dropping a long-term health care program.

Tense Senate exchange flares over president's jobs bill updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 22:22:00

In response to President Barack Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass his jobs bill right away, Senate Republicans tried to call his bluff and force a quick vote on that legislation Tuesday.

Obama tries to bridge differences on jobs billupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 15:51:00

President Barack Obama on Thursday took his pitch for his $447 billion jobs bill to the shadows of an aging bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky -- home states to his chief Republican rivals in Congress.

McConnell: 'Americans get it'updated: Tue Aug 02 2011 09:08:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell says today the American people "will know where we stand" on "cut, cap and balance."

Reid and McConnell: The Senate's odd coupleupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 09:08:00

By all measures, Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are worlds apart when it comes to their politics. But there's at least one thing solidifying their relationship.

GOP leader 'confident' debt deal on horizonupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 02:56:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell says a national default "is not going to happen," and that he's fully engaged in talks with the president.

'The kid from Ohio' takes on a presidentupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 23:07:00

Lisa Sylvester reports on the background and upbringing of the legislator caught in the middle of a debt ceiling debate.

'Cut, cap and balance' unlikely to end debt ceiling struggleupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 19:27:00

"Cut, cap and balance" is all the rage in some Republican quarters.

McConnell, Reid tweaking debt limit fallback plan to boost its chancesupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 15:33:00

Because there is a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that the White House talks are unlikely to bear fruit, lawmakers in both parties are looking to a plan offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most likely legislative solution to avoiding a default.

Cantor rejects debt ceiling plan proposed by Senate Republicansupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 18:24:00

A day after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a backup plan to raise the debt ceiling if a deficit reduction deal with Democrats can't be reached, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor torpedoed the proposal, saying it doesn't have any chance of passing in his chamber.

McConnell: 'Smoke and mirrors'updated: Tue Jul 12 2011 19:59:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell calls the Democrats' plans for the debt ceiling "smoke and mirrors."

Senate Republicans propose debt ceiling fallback optionupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 19:59:00

Senate Republicans offered a politically inspired fallback option to the debt ceiling impasse Tuesday, proposing three short-term increases in the amount the government can borrow while at the same time registering the disapproval of Congress for such a move.

Debt ceiling negotiations: Who's doing the talking?updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 10:59:00

Negotiations on raising the debt ceiling, tied to tackling the nation's growing deficit, have officially reached an impasse.

Political games overshadow debt debateupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 17:35:00

As the clock ticks down to the August date in which the U.S. officially defaults on its debt, lawmakers on both sides of aisle appear to be playing a game of political volleyball.

Deficit reduction impasse comes down to tax questionupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 15:55:00

A day after meeting separately with President Barack Obama, the Senate's top Democrat and top Republican continued to spar Tuesday over whether increased tax revenue should be part of a deficit reduction agreement.

CNNMoney: Debt ceiling talks turn to taxes - higher taxes!updated: Tue Jun 28 2011 06:20:00

Any deal to raise the debt ceiling will have to include steep cuts to federal spending. But might it also include tax hikes?

Obama believes a significant deficit deal is possible this yearupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 19:00:00

President Barack Obama believes "a significant deal" on deficit reduction remains possible this year so long as Republicans are willing to accept that no one will get everything they want in the negotiations, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Pelosi: Cantor 'can't handle the truth'updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 19:00:00

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Majority Leader Eric Cantor "can't handle the truth" about tax cuts.

President to meet Reid, McConnell for deficit reduction talksupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 14:08:00

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to discuss "the status of the negotiations to find common ground on a balanced approach to deficit reduction," according to a White House statement released Friday.

Controversial judicial nominee clears key Senate confirmation hurdleupdated: Wed May 04 2011 15:32:00

Senate Republicans have failed to block a floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee labeled as anti-business.

Senate leaders spar over upcoming fiscal debateupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 17:32:00

The top Senate Republican on Tuesday laid out a hard-line negotiating stance on upcoming budget battles, rejecting any tax increases and demanding "significant" reforms in exchange for his vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Sessions: 'What we need is numbers'updated: Tue Apr 12 2011 17:32:00

The Senate argues over the fiscal year 2011 budget that will be voted on this week.

House passes three-week government spending extensionupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 07:27:00

A three-week extension of government funding won approval Tuesday from the U.S. House, with Democratic support overcoming opposition by some conservative Republicans.

Senators signal budget cuts must extend to entitlementsupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 19:15:00

Amid the partisan political posturing of Sunday talk shows, indications emerged of how a congressional budget compromise might take shape even as a stop-gap deal remains elusive.

Republicans, Democrats spell out spending strategiesupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 15:50:00

Republican leaders called Sunday for immediate and significant cuts in government spending, while Democrats warned such a strategy could harm economic recovery.

Sound of Sunday with Candy Crowleyupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 14:11:00

CNN's Candy Crowley and her team watch the other Sunday shows so you don't have to.

CNNMoney: Federal spending clash loomsupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:50:00

Once again, Congress is facing intense deadline pressure to pass a spending bill to fund the federal government.

Senate defeats three more amendments to START accordupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 19:29:00

Senate debate on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia intensified Monday, with Democratic supporters touting the backing of military leaders for the pact while Republican opponents used to Cold War terminology to portray it as a threat to national security.

McConnell leads GOP counter-attack against START pactupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 09:08:00

Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held.

Getting to know General Richard Myersupdated: Sun Dec 19 2010 15:39:00

On this week's "Getting To Know", we learn about the former Joint Chiefs Chairman's favorite childhood Christmas gift.

Senate Democrats give up bid to pass $1.1 trillion spending billupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

In a dramatic twist played out on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded Thursday night he lacked the votes to bring up a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

$1.1 trillion spending bill killedupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yanked a pork-laden spending bill Thursday, citing the sudden loss of GOP support.

Tax deal clears key Senate hurdleupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 18:50:00

The hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Monday, with both parties strongly supporting a motion to end debate on the measure.

Democratic Sen. not happy about tax dealupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 13:24:00

John King gets reaction from Sen. Sherrod Brown on the new tax deal framework that President Obama announced.

Henry in the House: Tax deal amounts to second stimulusupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 13:24:00

The metaphorical ink is still barely dry on the long, flowery press release President Obama sent out last Friday reacting to the drastic budget cuts proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that he appointed.

Senators say deal likely on extending tax cuts, jobless benefitsupdated: Sun Dec 05 2010 22:07:00

Top senators from both parties indicated Sunday that a deal was likely soon on temporarily extending Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, along with unemployment benefits that have expired.

CNNMoney: Earmark ban: No effect on spendingupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 09:16:00

It's pledge week for the GOP when it comes to so-called "wasteful" spending.

McConnell backs banning earmarksupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 06:20:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will back a ban on controversial spending items.

Earmarks get ax from GOP senatorsupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 06:20:00

The GOP caucus in the Senate agreed Tuesday night to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans already have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress.

Senate leaders unchanged; House to choose Wednesdayupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 16:49:00

The top Democratic and Republican Senate leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.

House freshmen arrive for orientationupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 17:20:00

Newly elected members of the House of Representatives arrive in Washington for orientation.

To repeal, replace health care reformupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 16:57:00

CNN's Candy Crowley talks to two high-profile Republican governors about the future of health care reform, post-midterm election.

Republicans signal a hard-line stance after election successupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 16:57:00

A post-mortem Sunday of the mid-term elections provided little evidence that Democrats and Republicans will work together to address major issues such as deficit reduction any better than they have in recent years.

GOP won't deal, health care law won't changeupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 12:15:00

I'm going to get personal here. On the day that health care reform passed its final vote in the House, I posted on my blog a comment titled "Waterloo."

Election result ends talk of further sweeping reformsupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 09:15:00

One wish of many Republicans and conservative voters seems certain to come true in the aftermath of the midterm congressional elections. There won't be any more sweeping reform legislation like the 2,000-plus page health care bill for a while.

McConnell: Voters out of love with Demsupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 21:26:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell says the results of the midterm elections prove voters are unhappy with Democratic leadership.

Senate Republican leader vows to roll back Obama agendaupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 21:26:00

Republicans wrested control of the House from President Barack Obama and the Democrats this week, and their next goal is to take the White House, their leader in the Senate said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Republicans aim to undo health care lawupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 13:46:00

Newly emboldened by his party's gains, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell left no doubt about his first priority in the next Senate: repealing the health care law and getting a Republican in the White House.

Senate to vote again on controversial campaign ad spendingupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 16:02:00

The Senate will vote Thursday on whether to take up a hot-button campaign finance reform bill.

GOP leader to senator: 'This isn't 'Saturday Night Live'updated: Fri Aug 06 2010 11:01:00

Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell complained he mocked him while the latter was delivering a speech opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

McConnell: GOP filibuster of Kagan Supreme Court nomination possibleupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 13:06:00

The top-ranking Senate Republican refused Sunday to rule out a filibuster against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Will legal challenges work?updated: Wed Jun 09 2010 11:15:00

A Suffolk University law professor says the planned legal challenge to the health reform law will fail.

Top issues: Health careupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 11:15:00

Sure, Democrats in Congress passed a sweeping health care reform bill, and President Obama signed it into law, but that by no means ends the issue for Election Day 2010.

Rand Paul celebrates his Tea Party-fueled winupdated: Thu May 20 2010 07:38:00

Rand Paul, a first time political candidate and beloved figure among Tea Party activists, captured the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Rand Paul to Dems: 'Bring it on'updated: Thu May 20 2010 07:38:00

Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul discusses the November midterm elections with CNN's John King.

The Wall Street 'bailout' that isn'tupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 12:33:00

When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decided last week to portray the Democratic version of financial regulation as a Wall Street "bailout," it seemed like a brilliant, albeit cynical, political move.

McConnell: 'Get back to the table'updated: Mon Apr 19 2010 09:07:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discusses his problems with the current Wall Street reform bill.

Congress divided over financial reform billupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 09:07:00

Congress appeared headed for a major partisan showdown over financial regulation reform, with Senate Republicans reiterating their opposition Sunday to a bill that Democrats say will prevent another Wall Street meltdown like the one that precipitated the U.S. recession.

Health care bills unpopularupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 09:53:00

Deputy political director Paul Steinhauser looks at new CNN polls ahead of Thursday's health care summit.

Bickering continues as health care summit nearsupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 09:53:00

The day before the White House's bipartisan summit on health care reform, there didn't appear to be much mood for compromise on Capitol Hill.

Obama open to 'incremental steps' on job growthupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 18:01:00

President Obama and top congressional leaders from both parties expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that they can reach agreement on a new jobs bill.

McConnell on jobs, spendingupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 19:46:00

Sen. Mitch McConnell talks about jobs, the deficit, and the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trialupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 18:46:00

No decision has been made on whether to change the current plan to hold the September 11 terrorist attack trial in a civilian court in lower Manhattan, White House officials said Sunday.

Senate Dems suggest they're open to altering health care billupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 12:11:00

Amid conflicting and heated rhetoric, a political pragmatism began to emerge Sunday as senators prepared for a debate on a sweeping Democratic health care bill.

Senate reform moves aheadupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 12:11:00

Senate Democrats managed to move forward on a health reform proposal with no votes to spare. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

McConnell blasts Dems over Sotomayor hearing dateupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 17:10:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast Democrats for setting a start date on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.

GOP lawmakers: Sotomayor filibuster unlikelyupdated: Sun May 31 2009 15:09:00

Leading Senate Republicans indicated Sunday that a filibuster on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely, though they also promised not to shy away from what they characterized as a troubling judicial record.

Filibuster against Sotomayor?updated: Sun May 31 2009 15:09:00

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Amy Klobuchar debate a possible filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor.

Sources: High court selection process down to finalistsupdated: Wed May 13 2009 21:29:00

The search for a Supreme Court nominee has been trimmed to about half a dozen candidates by top White House officials, and an announcement may come by month's end, two sources close to the selection process tell CNN.

Numb and number: Is trillion the new billion?updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 18:52:00

In that strange intersection of economics and politics, there is a new fashion: Trillion is the new billion.

How much is a trillion?updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 18:52:00

CNN's Christine Romans speaks to a math expert to break down how big a trillion dollars is.

Without Bush 'millstone,' GOP can mount comeback, leader saysupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 17:44:00

Despite crushing defeats in the last two elections, Senate Republicans have new "energy and enthusiasm" for winning back the majority, according to their leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

GOP to Dems: Slow down on stimulus billupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 14:21:00

Top congressional Republicans cautioned Democrats not to rush through a massive stimulus package that lawmakers hope to send to President-elect Barack Obama shortly after he takes office next month.

Poll: Economy the top issueupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 14:21:00

Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on new poll regarding the struggling U.S. economy.

Top Republicans call for Sen. Stevens to resignupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 11:31:00

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined other top Republicans in calling for convicted Sen. Ted Stevens to resign.

GOP continues full-court press on oil drillingupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 18:19:00

Republicans on Wednesday pressured congressional Democrats for a vote to lift a ban on offshore drilling before Congress begins its summer recess.

Time.com: Sonny Landham Sets Sights on US Senateupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 14:00:00

Now 67 and living in northeastern Kentucky, the man who played Billy Bear in "48 Hours" and was killed by an alien in "Predator" admits his action-movie days are behind him

Homeowner relief bill stalled in Senate updated: Mon Mar 31 2008 21:07:00

Though lawmakers have vowed to confront the deepening mortgage crisis, Senate leaders are locked in a procedural stalemate over how to take up a homeowner relief bill.

The Senate immigration vote: How they votedupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 11:53:00

The Senate immigration compromise was effectively killed Thursday, failing to pass a critical procedural hurdle.

Senators who switched vote on clotureupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 18:21:00

Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting.

GOP leader: Immigration bill's future still uncertainupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 20:39:00

The Senate should wrap up work on a sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration laws before July 4, but its odds of passage remain uncertain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday.

GOP blocks Senate debate on Iraq resolutionupdated: Mon Feb 05 2007 08:27:00

Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver Monday to keep Democratic leaders from moving forward with a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.

GOP leaders oppose release of more abuse imagesupdated: Wed May 12 2004 09:50:00

Top GOP leaders said Wednesday they oppose the release of hundreds of fresh images showing the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, saying they could compromise the prosecution of those soldiers implicated in the acts and further inflame tensions in Iraq.

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