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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Hosted by the conservative Christian council, the summit is the 12th annual gathering of activists and elected officials who oppose gay marriage and abortion and support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell boasted of his accomplishments at the Values
Voter Summit on Friday.


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Somodevilla/Getty Images



  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to
    continue to “plow right through” Brett Kavanaugh’s difficult
    Supreme Court nomination.
  • McConnell addressed the Values Voter Summit, an annual
    gathering of conservatives in Washington.
  • The Kentucky Republican also said the last year and a
    half have been his happiest in the 34 years he’s been in the
    Senate.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted of
his accomplishments on Friday, promising to plow through more of
President Donald Trump’s nominees and pack the federal courts
with like-minded conservatives, even in the wake of a sexual
assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of
conservative activist groups, personalities, and politicians in
Washington, McConnell said the past year and a half have been the
most productive of his more than three decades in the Senate.

“Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual. You’ve
watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics,” McConnell said.
“But here’s what I want to tell you: In the very near future,
Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court. So,
my friends, keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all of this.
We’re going to plow right through it and do our job.”

McConnell also noted that the Republican agenda is about more
than just the Supreme Court. He has pushed through a record
amount of appeals level judges to serve terms for life,
completing his gamble to block dozens of nominees during the
Barack Obama administration.

“So, moving beyond the Supreme Court, here’s our challenge for
the future: to do our jobs, wait out the obstruction, confirm
more quality nominees to the judiciary,” he said. “We’re going to
keep on doing it. We’re not going to get rattled by all this, and
I don’t want you to get rattled by it. We’re not going to slow
down. We’re just going to keep going ahead. Even more nominees
will be confirmed.”

McConnell told the crowd that a way he can measure the success of
his tenure as the top Republican in the Senate is by how angry
Democrats are with what he does.

“This has been – if you want America to be a right-of-center
nation, this last year and a half has been the best year and a
half in my time in the Senate,” he said. “And the reason you
should know that, look how angry the left is, huh? Look at it.
The angrier they get, the better we’re doing.”

Trump has confirmed 26 circuit court judges during his
presidency, which McConnell has shepherded through with the help
of a simple majority without the chance for any filibusters.
Those judges, who serve lifetime appointments, are younger than
past presidents’ nominees and almost all are strict textualists
expected to rule in favor of conservative positions.

“So we’re going to wrap up here at the end of the month a lot of
our business. We’re going to fund the government. We’re going to
have Judge Kavanaugh – Justice Kavanaugh,” McConnell concluded.
“And then our friends on the other side, who have a number of
incumbents running for reelection this year, are going to want to
what? Recess? So it won’t surprise you that I’m making my list
and checking it twice.”

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