June 29, 2007
June 29 (Bloomberg) -- During his first six years in office, President George W. Bush had few better allies in the Senate than Mitch McConnell. Yesterday, that ally helped defeat an immigration overhaul that is the centerpiece of the president's domestic agenda.
McConnell, who leads the chamber's minority Republicans, was one of 53 senators who voted to block the immigration measure, probably dooming its chances to become law before the 2008 elections. In the weeks preceding the vote, Republican lawmakers said McConnell made no effort to persuade them to back the bill and wouldn't even say whether he would support it himself.
The measure ``wasn't the people's will,'' McConnell said. ``And they were heard.''