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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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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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Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid head to the front of the chamber before President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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From left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, prior to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. McConnell continued to assail the Affordable Care Act, as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear who will be a guest of the Obama’s sitting in the first lady’s box for the speech. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear has embraced Obamacare, but the state's top Senator, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been one of the program's biggest critics. (associated press)

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Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear has embraced Obamacare, but the state's top Senator, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been one of the program's biggest critics. (associated press)

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U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaks at a meet and greet, Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014 in Henderson, Ky. The Louisville businessman is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's GOP primary next May. (AP Photo/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence)