The Leader Board
Jul 14 2013
'We need to start talking to each other instead of at each other, and see if we can't resolve this in the same way that we did 10 years ago when Republicans had genuine provocation.'
LOUISVILLE, KY -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on NBC's 'Meet the Press' this morning. The following are excerpts from the interview:
On the nuclear option in the Senate:
"Rather than getting down in the weeds on the rules, what is the problem here? The President has had 1,540 of his nominations confirmed, only four defeated. He's not lost a single member of the cabinet. He's getting them faster than President Bush was at the same time in his second term. The Majority Leader needs to bring these nominees up. Most of them are going to be confirmed. It really kind of comes down to three appointments that the federal courts have told us were unconstitutionally 'recess appointed.' Two members of the NLRB and the CFPB. We need to talk about that and we're going to talk about it at a rather unusual joint session in the Old Senate Chamber on Monday of all senators. We need to start talking to each other instead of at each other, and see if we can't resolve this in the same way that we did 10 years ago when Republicans had genuine provocation."
"The President himself seems to not think parts of the law ought to be implemented. I mean, he is selectively delaying parts of it as if it's all just kind of a smorgasbord of options for him to figure out which ones to execute and which parts of the law not to."
This is a big controversial issue. It's not going away. It's in all likelihood going to be the premier issue in the 2014 election. The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed, and they hope that the Congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens."
On an immigration bill:
"The question is can we actually get the border secure and not have this happen again? That's the stickiest issue. I think the House will concentrate on that. I hope they will. We need to seriously beef up the border security part. I think that's the key to getting a final outcome."