Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell blocks simple majority votes on Dems’ voting rights billsRepublicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster Biden to ‘forcefully advocate’ for voting rights in Tuesday speechMORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he will run for another term as the chambers top GOP leader at the end of the year, shutting down the possibility of a shake-up in the Republican chain of command.
Im going to be running again for leader later this year, he told reporters Tuesday when asked how long he plans to hold onto his job.
McConnell has come under withering criticism from former President TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia prosecutor says decision on Trump election interference case likely coming soonOvernight Defense & National Security US, Russia have face-to-face sit downHillicon Valley Dems press privacy groups over kids’ safetyMORE over the past year after blaming Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
McConnell has also been the target of Trumps wrath after voting for a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a proposal to allow Democrats to raise the debt-ceiling by themselves with a simple-majority vote.
But McConnell, who will turn 80 in February, on Tuesday made clear that he doesnt plan to step down from the Senate Republican leaders job anytime soon, despite Trumps pressure.
McConnell made his statement a few days after his top deputy, Senate Republican Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRepublicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster McConnell’s office knocks Democrats over ‘the left’s Big Lie’The Hill’s Morning Report – Voting rights takes center stage for DemocratsMORE (R-S.D.), ended months of speculation by announcing over the weekend that he would run for a fourth Senate term.
Thune is allowed to serve two more years as the Republican whip before he will be required to step down from the post at the end of 2024 because of the Senate Republican Conferences term-limit rules for leadership posts. Those term limits, however, do not apply to the top leader.
McConnell was elected to a seventh Senate term in 2020 by a nearly 20-point margin over Democrat Amy McGrath and wont be up for re-election until 2026.
He has consistently avoided answering questions about his relationship with Trump by saying hes focused on fighting President BidenJoe BidenBiden coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate goes into effectOn the Money Democrats grow less confident in ManchinFed Vice Chair Clarida to resign over pandemic stock tradesMOREs multi-trillion-dollar agenda in Congress and helping Republicans win back the Senate majority in 2022.
But some Republicans have raised questions about whether he can effectively serve as leader while his relationship with the former president remains strained.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clashSunday shows – Voting rights in the spotlight after Jan. 6 anniversaryRepublicans’ true failure since the last electionMORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trumps, said last month that a Republican leader in Congress needs to have a working relationship with Donald Trump or you cannot be effective.
Republican senators say none of McConnells possible heirs apparent neither Thune nor Senate Republican Conference Chairman John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection Biden’s court picks face fierce GOP oppositionUkraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with RussiaMORE (R-Wyo.) nor former Senate Republican Whip John CornynJohn CornynRepublicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 insurrectionMORE (R-Texas) appear to be actively jockeying to replace McConnell.
GOP senators say they dont know of any Republican senator who plans to challenge McConnell for the top Republican leadership slot in the Senate despite his rocky relationship with Trump, who remains popular with Republican base voters.