Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has unanimously been selected as Senate majority leader by the Senate Republican Conference after running unopposed.
After the midterm election, the Republicans stole at least eight seats from the Democrats in the Senate to get a majority, and hope to receive a ninth in a month from the Louisiana run-off election set for Dec. 6.
Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) is on track for a third term as Speaker of the House. Ex-Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will keep his job leading the Democratic caucus as the minority leader.
The 72-year-old Senator from Kentucky has been the minority leader of the Senate since 2007. Apparently the GOP likes his leadership, granting Senator McConnell his dream of becoming the Senate majority leader by acclamation, or without a vote or tally.
McConnell has spent the last six years blocking bills and impeding the President with anti-partisan rhetoric. Now, the Republican leader must find a way to govern and lead even with President Obama still in office.
“We’ve assembled a great leadership team that will focus on getting the Senate working again, and passing legislation to help create jobs, improve the economy and continue moving our nation towards energy independence,” said McConnell. “We are eager to work towards bipartisan agreements and to implement real legislative accomplishments.”
After his re-election last week, McConnell said his number one goal for Kentucky is to stop the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions at coal-burning power plants. This brings another disagreement with Obama’s clean-energy policy as well as the recent climate change deal with China to reduce the countries emissions by 25 percent by 2025.
An article by ThinkProgress explains that McConnell will have a hard time killing the EPA’s carbon-pollution regulations without shutting down the government, something he has pledged not to do, but has done before in 2013.
With a majority in the House and the Senate, the Republicans will have ample opportunities to pass and implement legislation, and with McConnell at the head of the Senate, the legislation will most certainly have to support the coal industry.