“Nobody wants to shut the government down on either side… I’m optimistic we’ll get a resolution to many of those issues before Jan. 19.” – Mitch McConnell, NPR, 8 January 2018.
“I’d like to associate myself with what the president had to say about Steve Bannon yesterday [referring to Trump’s anti-Bannon takedown].” – Mitch McConnell, MPR News, 7 January 2018.
“I’ve been here a while, and the only time we’ve been able to do that is on a bipartisan basis… It was Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, who raised the age of Social Security and that was before I got here, so it’s been a while… The sensitivity of entitlements is such that you almost have to have a bipartisan agreement in order to achieve a result” – Mitch McConnell, The Daily Caller, 7 January 2018.
“If this trend [procedural delays to create a backlog of nominees across government] continues, it will take us more than 11 years to confirm the remaining presidential appointments… Let me repeat that. More than 11 years. A presidential term lasts four.” – Mitch McConnell, Arkansas Online, 7 January 2018.
“ARC remains a vital resource for many Kentuckians through grant programs and economic development, and with the right leadership, I am confident that ARC will continue to be a benefit for people and communities in need in the Appalachian region.” – Mitch McConnell, Messenger Inquirer, 6 January 2018.
“Democrats have concluded it’s not in their best interest to pass individual (spending) bills, … They like slow-walking everything, rolling it up into one big ball and having a crammed negotiation.”- Mitch McConnell, Kansas City, 27 December 2017.
“We accomplished, with the exception of health care, all of the things we wanted to accomplish.” – Mitch McConnell, Kansas City, 27 December 2017.
“Well, we obviously were unable to completely repeal and replace with a 52-48 Senate, … We’ll have to take a look at what that looks like with a 51-49 Senate. But I think we’ll probably move on to other issues.” – Mitch McConnell, CBS News, 27 December 2017.
“I think he’s getting the hang of it, in terms of the importance of having a working relationship with the people who are already here, [talking about Donald Trump] … It’s one thing to go to a rally somewhere and talk about draining the swamp. But he’s in the swamp, now. If your definition of the swamp is people who’ve been elected, he’s part of it.” – Mitch McConnell, Washington Examiner, 27 December 2017.
“One thing you could say about this year is it was pretty partisan. … Most of the big things I mentioned were done mostly on largely a partisan basis.” – Mitch McConnell, USA Today, 22 December 2017.