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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (left) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are sparring on the eve of a session to change Senate rules to remove a 60-vote threshold for President Obama's nominations to win confirmation. Mr. Reid says the changes are minimal; Mr. McConnell says Mr. Reid would be "breaking the rules in order to change the rules." (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, returns to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, returns to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

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"Destroying chemical weapons is extremely challenging," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. A chemical weapons oxidation facility is being constructed in his state. (Associated Press)

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"Destroying chemical weapons is extremely challenging," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. A chemical weapons oxidation facility is being constructed in his state. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, accompanied by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (right), Texas Republican, and Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is among Republicans feeling pressure to defund Obamacare.

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, accompanied by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (right), Texas Republican, and Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waits for the arrival of the University of Louisville men's basketball team being honored for their 2013 NCAA championship, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, faces a well-funded test from the right. (Associated Press)

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Republican challenger Matt Bevin said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to embrace the "defund Obamacare" strategy shows he's out of step with the Kentucky Republican voters. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell