WASHINGTON — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
Updated 1:52 p.m. EST WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana’s Senate seat. The vote was 252-161 … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won election by fellow Republicans on Thursday to become Senate majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January, fulfilling a long-held ambition. Continue reading
The U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to drastically curb carbon emissions after months of secret talks. Will either side be able to deliver on the pledge? Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University speaks with Gwen Ifill about the pressures that led to the landmark plan and which other countries may be influenced to address climate change. Continue reading
The big story of Election 2014 was the GOP takeover of the Senate. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the man who is likely to be the new majority leader, said he would seek areas where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle could work together and avoid shutdowns and gridlock. Judy Woodruff offers a look at the night’s highlights and winners. Continue reading
Six seats. That’s all Republicans need to gain control of the Senate. And if that happens this Election Day, Mitch McConnell will be the new majority leader.
So what would a McConnell-led Senate look like? It may surprise some to hear that the 30-year Senate veteran would first seek agreement with Democrats in areas like trade accords and tax reform. Continue reading
Kentucky’s Senate race pits the second most powerful Republican in Washington against a hard-charging 35-year-old Democratic challenger. Five-time incumbent Mitch McConnell stands to become the next majority leader, but he’s also unpopular in his home state. Meanwhile, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has had to keep her distance from another unpopular politician, President Obama. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In some midterm Senate races, Republicans have tried to leverage negative public opinion of the president against their Democratic challengers. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategies behind some of the tight races and what to watch on Election Night. Continue reading
Kentucky’s major party candidates for U.S. Senate will meet for a moderated conversation on Kentucky Educational Television’s signature politics program Monday, at 8 p.m. EDT, in what is expected to be their last face-to-face event before the Nov. 4 general election. Continue reading