Conservative group slams McConnell for 'dereliction of duty'
July 15th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
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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. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I think we should ALL give the federal government 70% of what we make, the state government 20% and then we keep the last 10%. The government could then provide for all our housing, education, food and healthcare. The 10% we keep would be our "beer money" to be used for whatever. All sales taxes would need to be removed. Why go nanny state one step at a time? Let's just get it over with all at once. The government can make all our healthcare decisions because they will be footing the bill.

    Isn't this where the Democrat's want to take this country?

    July 15, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. pmk1953

    Arrest ALL the pledge signers, charge them with treason. Arrest ALL the pledge authors, charge them with sedit!tion and subversion.

    July 15, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. James klimaski

    Grover Norquist and his "Club for Growth" brag that they would like to shrink the U.S. Government to a size they could drown it in a bathtub. Essentially they want to destroy this country. Traitors all, and the Republicans who have signed the Club's pledge are traitors too. Maiking the U.S. a third-rate country is their goal. They are about to succeed.

    July 15, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. EatRunDive

    The Constitution gives Congress control over the money. John and Mitch have finally figured out that it's hard to be a clown when you have to run the circus!

    July 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Ferret out the B.S. suck up to the ultra right wing of the party to curry favor and get screwed by the same group. Too bad, so sad! Politics really is a thankless job, just get a bunch of perks to make up for takin it in the shorts. Get real, the country is heading for economic disaster because of people like you Senator, grow a pair tell the right wing fanatics where to go.

    July 15, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    The Republicans at the table voted to increase the debt limit 25 times-what makes this President different? What we have is NOT a spending problem-it is a revenue problem-started when George W Bush lowered the taxes then invaded 2 countries.All our money has been spent for wars and millionaires-been going on since the 1890's. Check your history.

    July 15, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Mark

    "Feed the rich and screw waht the bible says. We ain't helping anybody". The mantra of the neocons.

    July 15, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    Too late, that has already been done. The fact the debt exists is proof positive that our futures have already been sold to the devils.

    Don't forget, though. Obama inherited an annual budget, FY2009, that was already $1.5T in the hole. We lost billions of revenue because of job losses. Despite that drop in revenue, FY2010 still ran a similar sized deficit. Now the Republicans have written a budget with a similar sized deficit and are blaming Democrats for it.

    Look, as long as Republicans blame Obama for the FY2009 deficit, then Democrats have a right to blame GWB and the "deficits don't matter" Republicans for the current path we are on. This path was laid out by GWB and his tax cuts, and Republicans have insured that the country remains on that self-destructive path. Don't blame Obama for the collapsed house of cards.

    July 15, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. R

    @ ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS
    "Whatever happened to JOBS, JOBS, JOBS??? "

    Be sure to ask the Democrats that question too. They've not offered anything as of late. Everyone is more concerned about raising money for next years elections than anything else.

    July 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Republicans have taken 'dereliction of duty' to a whole new level. Not ONE bill proposed, much less passed in regards to JOBS since the amenesiacs and suckers amongst us put them back in office. In the past 2 1/2 years they've done nothing but LIE, MISINFORM, and adhered to Nazi-like scare tactics. What do they have to show to justify their existence or their continuing to collect a paycheck that we sign? Nada. Not a darn thing except for one outstanding accomplishment: everytime they open their collective mouths they lose another segment of the voting bloc.
    The Party of Lincoln can now boast that they can all fit into a pup tent.

    July 15, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Sank

    The President said that all of America was for him and his program that the Republicans in the House should wake up. McConnell should wake up it appears the rest of the house is doing what the rest of America wants. And that is to kick Obama out of thw White House and PUT PALIN IN.

    July 15, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Chas in Iowa

    "This backroom deal is just another sellout of the free-market principles that make America strong."
    These so called "free markets" are just GOP speak for sending more jobs overseas.

    July 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Malty

    There are many opinions on how to address the our nations fiscal policies. Obama flawed economic policies were pushed through by the super majority of democrats in the Congress. Now we are paying the price. The republicans purged their ranks and elected more fiscal conservatives. It's time to listen to the group that pushes sustainable policies–and that party doesn't start with a d.

    I'm surprised by the number of uniformed liberal posters. Instead of sharing insight, they spread slander.

    July 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Who do these people think they are? I mean really. We have a president duly elected by us the people to do what he thinks is right. Why don't these people move to another country if things here are so wrong? I personally recommend the "gubmint" give them all a one way ticket to Iran so we can get some things going in the right direction.

    July 15, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Club for Growth.................just another group capitalizing on the anger of idiots.

    July 15, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. maf

    @Democrat Class Warfare – how about we put all you GObP'ers on a credit note as it was money the Bush Administration rang up without our knowledge!! These are bills that are due from past expenditures. Get back on your meds!!

    July 15, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Martha in CF

    The American people were lied to about jobs that is why the Redumblicans were elected. They are finding out that they were had. I can't wait for the next election------Wake up America-The majority of us Americans are middle class or lower and we are being dug deeper and deeper in the hole by these Redumblicans........................It is being proven in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania etc........................

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. ART

    Republicans for some reason think they have cornored the market on fiscal responsibility.I really don't know wher they have gotten this notion from, they have always messed up the economy and then left office with the Democrats having to save the day. This tax and spend mantra they keep using is such a falsehood ,but I guess if you say something enough you start beleiving its true. Oh and Grover Norquist is a big fat idiot.

    July 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP had better start getting some common sense and decency, or they will cease to exist in the future. They are becoming dictators. The Dems are already dictators. You can't have 2 political parties trying to be dictators, without civil war ensuing in the end.

    July 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. bobden

    What the rethugs need to show is some honesty. Stop showing so much self-interest.
    Stop protecting their donors, and start doing their jobs - representing ALL of the American people.

    Helping the rich get richer is not what they were elected for.

    July 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Wes B.

    "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."

    We've raised the debt ceiling 10 times the past decade. That's mostly under Bush W's presidency. It's with DEM and REPUBs congresses. Both sides borrow beyond their means. To blame this on just the Dems is utterly ridiculous!

    July 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Republican Class Warfare & Racism-Intellectual Bankruptcy Destroying the Country & the Economy

    I wonder who really controls the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh? Glenn Beck? Grover Norquist? The Tea Party? The Koch Brothers? Or is it someone who's been off the radar for a while, like Pat Robertson or some other religious charlatan? All I know for sure is that their argument that cutting taxes for the rich will stimulate growth has been proven time and time again to be false. Right thinking Americans are getting tired of this crap and McConnell and Boehner are caught in between.

    July 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Arthur

    There are NO free market principles in this country since the govenernment started picking and choosing which businesses to subsidize. quit throwing out the "free market" principle diatribe!!!

    July 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Simple: The more the right pretends to hate McConnell's proposal, the more they think Dems won't see thru it and the "news" media will sell it as a reasonable solution when the fact is that it is nothing more than political filth. The GOP has bragged for 8 months about the 2010 "shellacking" and how they took over the House, the body responsible first and foremost for appropriations, and now that we have the very first major crisis-type piece of legislation that has to be addressed and passed in the House dealing with the budget, the deficit and the debt, THE GOP WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. They've turned tail and run. They do not want to take responsibility – they want to shirk their responsibiilty and force Obama and the Dems to do the dirty work for them. They don't want to take any blame for raising the debt ceiling – they want to shift it all to Obama and the Dems. They don't want to give Obama the ability to say "I proposed and made cuts to the budget" – they want to let him raise the debt ceiling and then deny every cut he proposes each of the three times he would need to propose them, claiming that they are "unserious" "job killing" and "not enough.' It's simple: THE GOP WANTS TO RULE, NOT GOVERN...AND WHEN THE TOUGH CHOICES NEED TO BE MADE, THEY WANT THE OTHER GUYS MAKING THEM. McConnell's plan was basically a vote for Obama and the Dems, saying "I can't do this...please do it for me."

    July 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. sara

    Thats pretty funny,"Slam Dunk a fellow Slam Duck"" Cantor, should "Step Down", that creep Walsh should be arrested for "Treason" Boehner, McConnel have killed Jobs< and are getting set to kill America? These are politicians that have signed "Special Aggrements with Corporate Thugs,instead of protecting the American People,and the Constitution!!!! The Teaparty is a Radical Faction of Evangelical Extremism, and a Group of the "Dumbest Morons in American History. Save America,Vote these Traitors out!

    July 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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