LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) pledged Wednesday that U.S. Senate business would be run more efficiently and fairly if Republicans win the majority in this fall's mid-term elections.
“My purpose is to suggest that the Senate can be better than it has been, and that it must be if we’re to remain great as a nation,” McConnell said in a "State of the Senate" floor speech.
Labeled as "Senator Gridlock" by the U.S. Senate campaign of Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell instead blamed the Democratic majority for partisan gridlock.
Calling the Senate a “permanent sort of shirts-against-skins contest,” McConnell outlined his three main Senate prescriptions if the GOP wins the majority: allowing a “more robust” committee process, permitting more amendments on the floor, and holding a longer Washington work week.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired back:
“So, Republicans should stop trying to justify their opposition to helping Americans in need with false claims about my leadership of this institution,” Reid said. After McConnell’s speech, Reid dismissed his counterpart’s remarks as a “distraction” from “their unconscionable stand on the issues that matter most to the middle class.”