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Strategists say Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has failed to gain traction in his race against Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, despite launching a series of attack ads against the Senate Majority Leader. (Associated Press)

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Strategists say Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has failed to gain traction in his race against Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, despite launching a series of attack ads against the Senate Majority Leader. (Associated Press)

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired a major shot Thursday, taking to the chamber floor to say the rules amount to a declaration of war on free speech and vowing the GOP will try to block them. "Every American needs to know about this abuse of power," said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. "Let me be clear: What the administration is proposing poses a grave threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the Democratic process."

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FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The presence of McConnell in the courtroom underscored the political stakes in President Barack Obama’s high-profile effort to deal with global warming _ a policy Obama is pursuing after failing to persuade Congress to enact climate change legislation. McConnell is facing a tough re-election fight in which he refers often to the administration’s assault on the coal industry in Kentucky and elsewhere. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The presence of McConnell in the courtroom underscored the political stakes in President Barack Obama’s high-profile effort to deal with global warming _ a policy Obama is pursuing after failing to persuade Congress to enact climate change legislation. McConnell is facing a tough re-election fight in which he refers often to the administration’s assault on the coal industry in Kentucky and elsewhere. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waits to speak during a campaign stop at Badgett Supply in Madisonville, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. McConnell is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the republican primary. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waits to speak during a campaign stop at Badgett Supply in Madisonville, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. McConnell is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the republican primary. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, waits to speak during a campaign stop at Badgett Supply in Madisonville, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, waits to speak during a campaign stop at Badgett Supply in Madisonville, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)