Conservative group slams McConnell for 'dereliction of duty'
July 15th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Conservative group slams McConnell for 'dereliction of duty'

(CNN) - A leading fiscal conservative group, Club for Growth, announced strong opposition Friday to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling contingency plan calling it a "backroom deal."

"The American people didn't send more Republicans to Washington so they could give President Obama more power," said the group's president, Chris Chocola, in a statement Friday. "This backroom deal is just another sellout of the free-market principles that make America strong."

McConnell's plan would give the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling three times through 2012. While it would prevent the government from defaulting on its loans by the Aug. 2 deadline, it would also allow Congress, with a two-thirds majority vote, to stop President Barack Obama from making the short term increases in the debt limit throughout the year. The president could then veto the vote, but it's unlikely that Congress could gather enough votes to override his veto.

House Speaker John Boehner began showing openness to the Kentucky senator's plan late Thursday.

"I think it's worth keeping on the table. There are a lot of options that people have floated, and, frankly, I think it's an option that may be worthy at some point," Boehner said in a Capitol Hill press conference.

But Club for Growth claims the Treasury Department has enough cash on hand to fulfill the debt, labeling the Aug. 2 deadline as "meaningless."

"This proposal is a dereliction of duty by Senator McConnell and everything that's wrong with Washington," the statement said. "It's nothing more than a legislative maneuver by so-called Republicans to avoid responsibility for America's spending problem."

The group earlier in the week released a television ad calling on Republicans to "show some spine" in the debt talks and resist a debt ceiling increase without spending cuts, spending caps and a balanced budget amendment. The group's demands echo a popular pledge–the "Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge"–being pushed by fiscal conservatives, including several of the 2012 presidential candidates.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Club for Growth • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    McConnell is the ONLY Republican who isn't acting like a spoiled brat!

    July 15, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    If the Democrats want to borrow trillions endlessly let's orce every DEMOCRAT in the country to co-sign for all this debt. Put all YOUR valuables on the line, NOT my kids and grandkids paychecks.

    July 15, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    Club for Growth. Growth for the 2% only; that's the catch for this "club". I'm thinking they need a billyclub to knock some sense into them. The debt ceiling is FOR DEBTS THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. What part do they not get? Do they not read The Constitution? Go away Club until you grow up and learn a few things.

    July 15, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. ja

    whre did the recent pack of republicans come from., i've never seen such disdain in american government, i call it disdain, but they turn out to be self righteous evil doers, you disagree, the gop turn into pit vipers, quit bsing and do your job, sign the president's proposed debt ceiling, most was sleep or heads in the sand years past

    July 15, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican party has attacked police, firemen, teachers, nurses, blacks, hispanics, women's rights, muslims, government workers, seniors, gays, the middle class, the constitution, our American way of life, and veterans. They do this in order to support big oil, billionaires, and foreign interests. I guess what they say is true, "Right wing republicans make up 99% of the GOP, and they are giving the 1% of normal republicans in the GOP a bad name."

    July 15, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    How's it feel to be boxed in Mitch? Haven't you learned yet that you can't outwit or outmanuever the President. He's playing chess while you're playing checkers. As far as The Club For Growth goes, that lame talking point is getting old real quick. Whatever happened to JOBS, JOBS, JOBS??? All I see in Congress as ABORTION, GAY MARRIAGE & LIGHT BULBS. WTF?

    July 15, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Whatever

    YAWN... I thought it was NOT ABOUT SPECIAL INTERESTS CONTROLLING THINGS... I guess not!!!!!

    July 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Some Repubs. think that if you say ,"Aug. 2 is an imaginary deadline" enough times it will make it so. Childish or insane.

    July 15, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    Who elected Grover Norquist to anything? Why does he wield so much power over this country?

    July 15, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama plays chess and the republicans continue to play Chines Checkers.

    July 15, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    :Poor Palin, she totally lost in the debt ceiling debate therefore she has to stick to bumper slogan words that she can remember because she is so limited. Americans aren't interested in bumper slogan words and certainly not the "Giffords" family, Palin is such an idiot.

    July 15, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Time for establishment Republicans/Conservatives and moderate Republicans to stand up to these thuggish special interest Tea Party wingnut fascist groups like the Club for Growth.

    July 15, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Cento

    The Republican fall-out has begun, now we can sit back and watch themselves eat each other. Republicans are really not looking hot (or sane) right now...

    July 15, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. FM

    McConnell is a man full of wisdom. He understands fully the consequences his party will face if they continue to stick on what they desire. All of them will be hurt severely.

    July 15, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The debt ceiling is FOR DEBTS THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. What part do they not get?
    ========================================================================
    Well in that case, they need to raise the debt ceiling to $63 TRILLLION because that is what the government is on the hook for! That ought to get us an FFFFFFFFFFF credit rating!

    July 15, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    I have to admit there were times in the past that I did vote Republican, unlike some I would choose who I thought was the better option and sometimes R was better than D. But THIS GOP would NEVER get my vote, no way no how. This group would make Reagan look like a liberal.

    July 15, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sen. Mitch McConnell's caught in the middle why he encourage follow republicans to say No

    July 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Why do Republican legislators hate the American middle class?

    July 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Where can we buy a neck for Mr. McConnell? China?

    July 15, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Stop trying to make his "backroom deal" sound like it's too much coompromising on the 'Thugs' part.
    It isn't, and all it accomplishes is kicking the can down the road.
    The pirahnas found some fresh meat, fortunately there is enough McConnell to feed everyone.
    Obama 2012

    July 15, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Republicans: SHOW SOME SPINE!
    Wreck the Economy, ruin our debt rating, but for God's sake, what ever you do, make sure it hurts President Obama's standing in Washington, in the Country, in the World.

    (I'm pretty sure that most Democrats will have enough fixings around to make a big pot of "stone soup." enough to feed them for a while anyway)

    July 15, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Republican Robber Baron

    Shut your pieholes...where the heck were all you wingnut activists back when Bush and the Republican controlled Congress doubled spending and raised the debt ceiling numerous times. What a pack of lies the right-wing activists are peddling.

    July 15, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Will never vote GOP again!!!!

    The GOP keep talking about cutting up the government credit cards like its the only solution to the deficit. When everything crashed 2+ years ago, I stopped using my credit cards, cut my discretionary spent (but kept paying ALL my financial obligations) and got a second job (to increase my revenue stream) ... and I'm getting along OK - maybe not as great as it used to be but I'm doing OK. All the Democrats are suggesting is doing basically the same thing I did ... so GOP, what's wrong with that?

    July 15, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Darius Gareth

    Oh well, China Number 1, United States Number 2....

    July 15, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Bob in Pa.

    Senator McConnell has been there too long alomg with many others in DC.
    Time for a balanced budget amendment along with a term limit amendment for Reps and Senators.
    Refresh the Tree of Liberty so to speak.

    July 15, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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