Mitch McConnell

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET

Just hours after a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers revealed a $908 billion legislative framework to try to break a months-long impasse on a new round of pandemic-related relief measures, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he's talking to administration officials about a separate coronavirus bill that President Trump will sign.

Becca Schimmel

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been reelected as the leader of Republicans in the U.S. Senate, though it’s still up in the air whether Republicans will retain their majority in the Senate during the next congress that convenes in 2021.

That’ll depend on the outcome of two U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia on January 5th.

During a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, McConnell continued to back President Donald Trump’s court challenges of voting results that show Joe Biden winning this year’s presidential election.

McConnell told reporters that Trump’s challenge shouldn’t be alarming.

Senators voted Tuesday to maintain the status quo in their respective party leadership teams. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will continue to lead Republicans, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will lead Democrats.

Ryland Barton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t answer questions about President Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims during a press conference on Friday, instead referring reporters to a statement he made on Twitter.

McConnell’s response is a far cry from last year, when he publicly urged then-Gov. Matt Bevin to move on after the election despite Bevin’s unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Instead, McConnell repeatedly said that he had already covered the subject in his Tweet, in which he wrote “Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes.”

Ryland Barton

Mitch McConnell on Wednesday refused to condemn President Donald Trump’s call for officials to stop counting ballots in the General Election, but said the federal government shouldn’t interfere with how states run their elections.

Trump said early Wednesday morning that his campaign would go to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask for “all voting to stop” despite the ongoing counting of absentee ballots cast while polls were open across the nation.

During a press conference at Louisville’s Omni hotel the day after McConnell easily secured his seventh term in the U.S. Senate, McConnell said, “claiming you win the election is different than finishing the counting.”

Becca Schimmel

Mitch McConnell has won his seventh term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, according to the Associated Press.

Shortly after 8 p.m., McConnell was ahead of McGrath 61% to 35% statewide.

The final results of the race will be tallied up as remaining in-person and mail-in votes are reported by county clerk’s offices across the state.

Polls showed McConnell ahead of McGrath throughout this year’s race. First elected in 1984, McConnell touted his leadership role in the Senate and passage of the CARES act earlier this year throughout the campaign.

Ryland Barton

Democratic candidate Amy McGrath is making her final push to try to overcome Republican Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

McGrath held a get out the vote rally outside a Teamsters hall in Louisville on Thursday, shortly before she hopped on a plane to campaign in Pikeville.

McGrath told a crowd of about 30 people that workers have been treated terribly by McConnell.

“He has undermined unions, undermined workers. Tried to drive down wages for decades. He represents the big corporations, special interests, the wealthiest one percent. He only cares about them and making more money for them,” McGrath said.

Ryland Barton

Sen. Mitch McConnell turned up the political rhetoric at a campaign stop in Oldham County on Wednesday, telling supporters that the country is in danger of being taken over by “radical liberals.”

About 50 people gathered in a barn for the event in Smithfield, less than a week before Election Day and two days after the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

McConnell attacked his Democratic opponent, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, claiming she is too liberal for Kentucky voters.

Ryland Barton

While Mitch McConnell oversaw the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, candidates trying to unseat him in the Senate participated in a televised debate on KET.

Democratic candidate Amy McGrath and Libertarian Brad Barron criticized McConnell for rushing the confirmation through eight days before the General Election and not participating in the debate.

McGrath said that McConnell should be focused on passing another coronavirus relief bill instead of confirming Coney Barrett.

J. Tyler Franklin

About 20 people gathered in the courtyard of the Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton for a Mitch McConnell event last week. It was raining and attendees tried their best to social distance beneath tents as McConnell talked to them about the CARES Act.

He pulled out a piece of paper and began to read what the medical center got out of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that passed back in March.

“You got $8.8 million totally—$3.9 million came directly out of the direct hospital relief fund, but you also very skillfully and smartly accessed $1.3 million of PPP loans,” McConnell said.

 

J. Tyler Franklin

Mitch McConnell holds a nine-point lead over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.

McConnell has consistently polled ahead of McGrath throughout the race, though McGrath has significantly outraised and outspent the six-term incumbent.

According to the survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, McConnell is backed by 51% of likely voters in Kentucky, McGrath has 42% while libertarian candidate Brad Barron has 4% and 3% are undecided.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15 and included 625 registered Kentucky voters who were interviewed over the telephone. The margin of error was +/- 4 percentage points.

Ryland Barton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will hold another vote on a slimmed-down coronavirus relief package before the election, but that he’s not willing to consider a larger deal despite President Trump’s willingness to do so.

McConnell has been unable to get support for his $500 billion coronavirus bill in the Senate, where Republicans have a slim 53-47 majority over Democrats. Bills generally require 60 votes to pass the Senate.

Meanwhile, Trump has proposed a $1.8 trillion package, and has urged Republican lawmakers to “go big or go home” on a new bill.

J. Tyler Franklin

Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath squared off in the only debate of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race on Monday night, arguing over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and partisan politics.

McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, blamed McConnell for not passing a new coronavirus relief bill after the Democratic-led House advanced one in late May, calling McConnell’s behavior an “absolute dereliction of duty.”

“Instead of doing that, he is trying to ram through a Supreme Court nominee right now, instead of negotiating, which is what he should’ve been doing all summer long,” McGrath said.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

Judge Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for the coronavirus, a White House spokesman said Friday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he planned to move forward with her confirmation process, which is set to begin Oct. 12.

Updated at 9:23 p.m. ET

President Trump resumed questioning the integrity of this year's election on Thursday after the White House sought to walk back his earlier comments suggesting he might not accept the results if he were to lose.

The back-and-forth started on Wednesday evening at a press conference.

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