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A Kentucky Objection to McConnell's Pandering to Millionaires and Billionaires

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"Democrats pounce on recording of Mitch McConnell speaking at Koch brothers retreat"

The tape features McConnell announcing that...

"...in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what's called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board" All across the federal government, we're going to go after it."

In his remarks, McConnell griped about limits on campaign spending, hailed the US Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and encouraged his audience of millionaires and billionaires "to give to Americans for Prosperity" -- the Koch-fueled political operation that has become a primary vehicle for aiding McConnell in his quest to become Senate majority leader.

The senior senator from Kentucky, who will take charge of the Senate if Republicans win control of the chamber this fall, left no doubt about what he would do as majority leader. After thanking Charles and David Koch personally and talking about how he and the other one-percenters were "rallying, uh, to the cause," McConnell pledged to use a Republican majority in the Senate to block progress on expanding healthcare, financial services reform and protecting the environment.

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McConnell also promised to shut down debate on a host of economic issues, saying that "we're not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals...things like raising the minimum wage...extending unemployment benefits...student loan [relief]."

That, argues the Grimes campaign, "reveals the lengths Mitch McConnell will go to please his deep-pocketed donors."

"Shockingly," says Grimes aide Charly Norton, "Mitch McConnell will do and say anything it takes to secure his grip on personal power, including promising to hurt Kentuckians to benefit billionaires. Kentuckians who are struggling with unemployment, low wages and the soaring costs of higher education are the furthest thing from McConnell's mind."

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