Mitch McConnell: ‘Senate can be better than it is’Submitted by Allegory on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:11
Politico: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a blistering critique of the Senate on Wednesday, signaling how he would run the chamber if Republicans seize control in this year’s midterm elections.
Calling the Senate a “permanent sort of shirts-against-skins contest,” McConnell outlined his three main Senate prescriptions if the GOP wins the majority: allowing a “more robust” committee process, permitting more amendments on the floor, and holding a longer Washington work week.
Partisan tenors in the Senate appear at all-time highs since Democrats unilaterally pushed through the so-called “nuclear option” in November that changed the rules on most executive and judicial branch nominations.
McConnell and his counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), got off to a frosty start when the Kentucky Republican criticized Reid for limiting amendments to the bill that would extend unemployment insurance for three months.