ICYMI: Leader McConnell on The Guy Benson Show
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Guy Benson on The Guy Benson Show this afternoon. Click here to listen to the full interview or see below for highlights:
On Senator Manchin Killing the Reckless Taxing and Spree
“Ironically, at my wrap-up press conference at the end of the session last Thursday, I said the single biggest favor Joe Manchin could do [for] the country is to ‘kill this bill.’ That’s what the country needs, to see this bill killed.
“It is absolutely inappropriate and unnecessary at a time when we’re fighting inflation and we’ve already showered entirely too much money on the county which helped create the inflation with that American Rescue Package earlier this year which of course none of my members voted for.
“So it was an exciting thing to hear, a great shot in the arm for the country. I think it’s exactly what the country needed at this particular time.”
On the White House’s and Democrats’ Vicious Attacks on Senator Manchin
"In the time I've been Republican Leader I never get angry about losing a vote because you know the most important vote is always the next vote. So I was shocked at the vitriol. And basically, it seemed to me that they were calling Senator Manchin a liar. I think that was not smart.
“This is a 50-50 Senate. It's going to be 50-50 for another year. Believe me, that's not the way I would have handled a disappointing vote like this."
On Preserving the Senate Filibuster
“With regard to the Senate filibuster, the core of the Senate, the essence of the Senate is the super-majority threshold. Senator Sinema of Arizona has been quite unequivocal. She is not going to modify the filibuster rule. So, it takes all 50 of them and I’m confident that Senator Sinema believes in the institution, doesn’t believe it’s broken and doesn’t believe it needs fixing by breaking the structure.
“So many of these Democrats are totally radical. They want to break the Senate. They want to have two new states in DC and Puerto Rico. They want to pack the Supreme Court. These people are radical and they are dangerous and they need to be stopped. And I’m extremely comfortable with where we are in the Senate on its core- that is the 60 vote threshold, principally because Senator Sinema has said she is not interested in doing that, period."
Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Democrats' Reckless Taxing And Spending Spree