“I think it was a very smart play to support the infrastructure bill,” he said. “I think it was, A, good for the country, and B, politically smart for us.”
Democrats have neither abandoned the social policy bill nor won over Mr Manchin, meaning Mr McConnell and Senate Republicans will have to keep their campaigns against the law in the new year. Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat and majority leader, also intends to move forward with the voting rights measure, met with fierce opposition by McConnell and threatening to break Senate rules if Republicans try to file it again. Will try to change
Democrats say Mr McConnell is colluding in allowing some states to introduce new voting restrictions to target voters of color, an allegation he has dismissed as exaggerating the effect of the new laws. being done. He said he was counting on Senator Kirsten Cinema, Arizona Democrat, who recently reaffirmed his opposition to changing the filibuster rules, to remain stable.
“Kirsten Cinema has been quite clear that she is not going to disband the Senate and eliminate the legislative filibuster,” he said. “Thank goodness for that.”
One area where Mr Biden and Senate Democrats have won some is on judicial confirmation, with 40 judges sitting in the presidency’s first year, a higher number than other recent presidents. This is of particular interest to Mr McConnell, as he spent the Trump era pushing conservative judges through the Senate.
“Look, there are some advantages to having a White House,” he said. “I’m not surprised, but we have three Supreme Court justices and 54 circuit judges still there and I think that will be good for the country for a long time to come.”
Mr McConnell said he was confident his party’s performance this year and the Democrats’ struggles were setting up Republicans for a strong midterm election next year and his potential return to run for the Senate no matter what party Mr Manchin was in. are in. Despite Trump’s efforts to encourage his favorite candidates into key Senate races, McConnell said he was intent on avoiding primary contests that have in the past pitted Republicans with faltering primary winners in general elections. He was hurt by making them sad.