June 24, 2015

MASTER OF THE SENATE:

A Senate Majority Leader Worthy of the Title : Mitch McConnell has achieved more in six months than Democrats managed in years. (BOB DOLE And  TRENT LOTT, June 23, 2015, NY Times)

Recently a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell what he thought about the fact that so many of his fellow Senate Republicans are running for president. His response: If they want a real challenge, they should try running the Senate.

We understand the sentiment. Having had the majority-leader job ourselves, we well know the frustrations of trying to unite a conference of willful and independent operators, all of whom feel the constant tug of their home-state interests and their own ambitions.

All of which is why we have both been impressed with Sen. McConnell's leadership in these first months of the 114th Congress, perhaps best illustrated by the current bipartisan effort to give the president trade-promotion authority, also known as fast-track, in support of American jobs and exports. Tuesday's 60-37 vote to break a filibuster clears the way for TPA to be signed by President Obama after a final Senate vote.

It is a relief to see an institution that we both devoted so much of our lives to working again. And it is an encouraging development for the country to see the Senate addressing big problems after years of inaction when it was controlled by Democrats.

Posted by at June 24, 2015 2:53 PM
  

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