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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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In this image from Senate Television, Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks on the Senate floor in Washington on July 11, 2013. (Associated Press/Senate TV)

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In this image from Senate Television, Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks on the Senate floor in Washington on July 11, 2013. (Associated Press/Senate TV)

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** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following the Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on June 26, 2012, on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (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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**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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**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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Vice President Joe Biden shares a laugh with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, second from right, during a congressional ceremony to commemorate the dedication and unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation Hall of the the United States Visitors Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2013, following the Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and the Senate GOP leadership answer questions following a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and the Senate GOP leadership answer questions following a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2013, following the Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following a Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner (right), Ohio Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, points to a 7-foot stack of “Obamacare” regulations to underscore his disdain for President Obama's health care overhaul during an appearance at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)