Tuesday, December 06, 2022

United States | Mitch McConnell has been reelected as Republican Senate Minority Leader

Mitch McConnell, Senator from Kentucky and current leader of the Republican minority in the United States Senate, has managed to reaffirm his position after a secret vote of the Republican Party held this Wednesday.

McConnell prevailed over Rick Scott, Florida’s pick who announced his candidacy Tuesday promising “big changes.” He deemed it necessary after the Democrats had managed to retain control of the upper house in the previous election.

McConnell is now vying to become the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in US history. Scott, for his part, ran as the Kentucky senator’s first opponent in the past 15 years. CNN,

McConnell’s spokesman, David Pope, confirmed his victory, although he did not provide further details if it was true. The above US chain has indicated that the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate has managed to reaffirm his position with 37 votes in favor, ten against and one against, according to sources in the upper house.

The secret vote is surrounded by controversy within the Republican Party, as some members of the formation asked to wait for the final results of the election in the state of Georgia—a race that will be decided in the second round—to ultimately choose which Senate I will be their leader.

Aside from the results of this vote, Democrats have managed to retain control of the upper house with 50 senators. If Republicans take over the Georgia senator, there will be a tie at 50 that will be broken by the country’s Vice President Kamala Harris in any case, as has been the case the past two years since Joe Biden’s victory. 2020 presidential election.

McConnell first served as Assistant United States Attorney General from 1974 to 1975 under President Gerald Ford. He then served as the acting judge of Jefferson County in his home state of Kentucky from 1977 to 1984.

McConnell was first elected to the US Senate in 1984 and is the second Kentucky resident to serve as Senate party leader. During the 1998 and 2000 election cycles, he was chairman of the Senate Republican National Committee. He was elected Majority Leader in the 108th Congress and was re-elected to the position in 2004. He was elected Senate Minority Leader in November 2006, a position he held until the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2015.

During the Trump administration, the Senate Republican majority under his leadership passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018, and confirmed a record number of federal appeals court justices during the president’s first two terms.

McConnell was an opponent of Trump when he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Furthermore, he held them “practically and morally responsible” for the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

** with information from EP

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