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McConnell unveils economic rescue plan amid virus shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan to pump $1,200 checks directly to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries

Facing challenges, McConnell says ‘that’s the way it is’

Facing the digital wrath of a Republican president increasingly unhappy with legislative roadblocks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in his home state on Saturday that people should not be surprised with the challenges that come with governing.

McConnell says ‘great likelihood’ he’ll seek another term

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that his long political career may stretch well into the next decade. The Kentucky Republican said there’s a “great likelihood” he’ll seek a seventh Senate term in 2020.

Courtesy for court nominee – from Dems – as battle lines set

President Barack Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court prepared for initial courtesy calls with senators Thursday as Democrats began the next phase of their drive to put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama pick.

House conservatives oppose McCarthy, search for alternative

The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are anxious to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker, but they’re outnumbered and it’s unclear if they can rally behind an alternative. That leaves the Californian the heavy favorite when Republicans choose their candidate to replace John Boehner on Thursday.

House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat in Virginia.

Idaho Republican Labrador makes bid for House majority leader

BOISE – Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador announced Friday that he’s running for U.S. House majority leader, a big leap for the second-term tea-party favorite. Though his bid to take on popular GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the post immediately was labeled a “long shot” by pundits in Washington, D.C., Labrador told reporters in Boise, “I’ve had some experiences with heavy favorites before.”

Cantor plans to resign from leadership

WASHINGTON — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up a few months before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

Senate steps back from brink in nominations fight

WASHINGTON — The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, clearing the way for confirmation of several of President Barack Obama’s nominees long blocked by Republicans, agreeing to quick action on unnamed others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn historic rules that protect minority-party rights.

Majority leader Lisa Brown won’t seek re-election

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown announced Thursday that she won’t run for re-election and will leave her seat in the state Legislature after her term expires at the end of the year. The Spokane Democrat said that after 20 years in the Legislature, she is ready to move on.

Former Senate majority leader dies

WALLA WALLA – Former state Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner has died at the age of 91. The Walla Walla Republican served in the state House of Representatives from 1973-1977 and in the state Senate from 1977 until her retirement in 1992.