Robert Donachie on September 29, 2017
Republican Study Committee Mark Walker [sic] said Friday that it might be in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s best interests to retire.
“I think he’s a huge part of the problem,” Walker said. “There’s a growing consensus that would be very happy if the fine senator from Kentucky called it a career.”
McConnell has had a rough go since July, especially this week.
The majority leader was met Tuesday with the preliminary defeat of his party’s latest push to upend the American health care system, the announcement of his colleague’s retirement, and the double-digit defeat of his candidate in the Alabama special senatorial election. Now, McConnell has the leader of a 150-member Republican House committee calling for his resignation.
McConnell is directing his efforts entirely to tax reform, according to comments he made to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Leadership appears to be feeling a sense of urgency to score some legislative victory before December, when the party will face a number of congressional reelection campaigns.
“We have to deliver on tax reform,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said at the Capitol. “I don’t think failure is an option.”
McConnell notably blocked a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in April, helping both himself and President Donald Trump secure their first major victories.
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