In audio of his June remarks at a secret Koch Brothers event, obtained by The Nation, McConnell vowed that the Senate will not waste time on things like increasing the minimum wage for people making only about $15,000 annually if he becomes majority leader.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is locked in a tight Senate race with Alison Grimes, whom he has tried to link to the so-called 'war on coal'. But it's McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, featured in a major McConnell TV spot, who is on the board of not one but two foundations fighting dirty coal.
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Much of the Senate’s rules are premised on the notion that literally every single member of the Senate will agree to allow basic tasks to be performed. In the era of Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell, that is no longer a viable assumption.