McConnell: Further shutdowns 'off the table'
October 17th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
9 months ago

McConnell: Further shutdowns 'off the table'

(CNN) - The 16-day partial government shutdown that just ended will be the last, if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky has anything to say about it.

In a pair of newspaper interviews Thursday, McConnell used the same Kentucky metaphor that "there's no education in the second kick of a mule." The Republican Senate leader said the first kick was the 1995/1996 shutdowns and this one was the second. McConnell remained firm that there will not be a third.

"There will not be a government shutdown," McConnell told The Hill newspaper. To the National Review he said "a government shutdown is off the table. We're not going to do it."

It was McConnell and his counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who negotiated the last-minute deal that funded the federal government and lifted the nation's borrowing limit through early next year. The deal came with mostly-cosmetic changes to Obamacare, after weeks of Republican insistence that the shutdown end only with a major change to the health care law.

"I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is," McConnell told The Hill.

That's not to say McConnell has given up on his distaste for the Affordable Care Act or Republican issues of lower taxes and curbing government spending, he said.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. pat

    The Republicons have been lying and scheming for so long now, many of us will never think they'll ever stand by the word ever again. As long as the Koch Brothers money machine owns them, backs the Teabaggers, and Ted Cruz has the power he has, we'll be in the same mess month after month. Remember, it was McConnell who said the number one goal after Obama first got elected was to be sure he was only a one term President. They have sold out the USA for power, corruption, lies, hate-filled, bigoted rhetoric. Who would ever believe them now?

    October 17, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Joe Seattle

    Since the president has presided over the growth of the national debt from $6 trillion to $17 trillion, and the showdown was all about the debt, I'd say the president can take a fair amount of credit for the shutdown.

    I love the brainless Democrat comments about how the "compromise" is some kind of victory. As if anything at all was solved. Three months from now, we'll be facing the same problem witht he only difference being a few hundred billion more debt. If you haven't figure it out, the radical Democrats want the U.S. financial system to fail. The deal is a temporary setback, because the goal is to instigate enough disfunction to suspend elections, etc. – essentially to install Obama as a permanent dictator. Hence, their unwillingness to negotiate. It's not a game of chicken when one side actually wants to collide.

    October 17, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. rs

    IF McConnell wins, IF the GOP puts the TEA Party back in the box, IF they better patrol their ranks, that in fact may work. Given the GOp's track record of late.... well, you get the idea.

    October 17, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. starride

    It absolutely amazes me how many people think one side or the other won or lost. You people are just clueless. The only losers in this battle was the American people. You can slice it up any way you want but if the government keeps spending money like it is we all lose at the bank. Deficits cause inflation, Inflation weakens the value of the dollar. In the future when your retirement funds only buy 1/2 of what the same amount of money buys you today. And when the government has to pay more in interest servicing its outstanding dept than what it takes in through taxes, and you are paying a 50% tax rate. Don't cry to anyone but yourselves. My money and I will be on a tropical island in the south pacific.

    October 17, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Lenny

    Mitch McConnell has been a republican for how many years now? And to hear the tea party juniors scolding him because he does not measure up to their own vision of Puritanism is laughable.
    I do not have much faith in politicians, but the fact is that most of them do get into politics because they believe in something. To suggest that McConnell is less a believer in small government and tax cuts just because he refused to destroy the country speaks volumes of the level of seriousness, or therefore lack off, of his accusers.
    Grownups tend to govern, little kids just whine.
    Ted Cruz: what a bloody joke

    October 17, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. walter wood

    Hopefully many Americans are finally going to realize the great GOP could care less if they have a decent job, minimal healthcare etc.They only care about maintaining power.It's all about making the Dems look bad by machinatig this latest farce and of course blameing it on Obama. Dems can be bad,but at least they seem to care about our great country.Look at history.Dems fought and bled for Social Security,the minimum wage,Medicare.Social Security Disability,to name just a few programs that have made this country a good place to live. God save the Democratic{yeah Rush That's how you spell it} party and God bless our President!

    October 17, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. John in Colorado

    It isn't up to Mitch McConnell. All spending bills must start in the US House. If the Flea Baggers act up again, there isn't a blessed thing Mitch McConnell can do about it. Not a thing. For him to make some kind of pronouncement that another shutdown is off the table is presumptuous. It's not his call.

    October 17, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    Does that mean from now on they take hostages one at a time?

    October 17, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    @TKO
    "FREEDOM" (like that monikor–reminds of the last refuge of scoundrels)

    Worst, really? Worse than plunging us into two losing wars? Worse than losing 800,000 jobs a month? Worse than pushing the economy into its worse recession in 60 years? Worse than outright lying to the people (yellowcake, WMD's etc etc etc)?

    My memory is not as bad as yours seems to be.

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    Thank's TKO ,
    Unfortunately , those that refuse to remember the past or tend to rewrite it , will always repeat it !

    October 17, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Guest

    what the ACA does is forces deadbeats to get some skin in the game. I'm tired of my deductible increasing and co-payments increasing while the deadbeats take their kids with runny noses to the ER and then say they aren't able to pay. No free rides! Buy insurance or pay the fine.

    October 17, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @TKO
    "FREEDOM" (like that monikor–reminds of the last refuge of scoundrels)

    Worst, really? Worse than plunging us into two losing wars? Worse than losing 800,000 jobs a month? Worse than pushing the economy into its worse recession in 60 years? Worse than outright lying to the people (yellowcake, WMD's etc etc etc)?

    My memory is not as bad as yours seems to be.
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    Unfortunately , there are those that refuse to remember the past , or they try to rewrite it .

    And everybody else is doomed to repeat it along with them .

    That's what happens when a few closed minded individuals have the power to regress a whole Nation .

    October 17, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. golemmingsgo2013

    Mcconnell and Bonher will not need to worry about thier careers for much longer its sad but true Reid gave Mitch good cover but in the end him and john lost control of thier party and for that they will pay a price but hopefully so will the Cruses and the Lees

    October 17, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein

    It shows that he wants better for the American people. Shutting things down is a only what people do when they throw a tantrum.

    October 17, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Dave R.

    Yeah, well let's see what he says early next year. He also better sit in his buddy Ted Cruz and tell him to shape up or shipout.

    October 17, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Tell Cruz the idiot to shove it, Mitch !!!!!!the goof Cruz cost the USA 24 billon dallars. That must be GOP teaparty conservatism in action!!!!!!

    October 17, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. FrankinSD

    With all due respect to the Minority Leader, his statements would be a lot more reassuring coming from the Speaker.

    October 17, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. America First

    He'll have to ask the foreigner Ted Crude Cruz if he'll do another "give me lots of attention" filibuster. Teddy Cruz must have been one terribly neglected child to crave attention so.

    October 18, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. America First

    Commercial Ad: "Hey Obama, you just tossed the tea overboard, faced down american terrorists, reopened the government, and sent the Tea Taliban packing. What are you going to do now?"
    Obama: "I'M GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!!!"

    October 18, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. America First

    Ted Cruz was USED by all his fellow Repubiicans. Why, all they have to do is let him open his mouth, and the other Senators, now looking moderate, get $3 billion dollar dams and all kinds of other graft." The joke is on Cruz. And what did Cruz get other than lots of "look at me, look at me" childish attention. NOTHING, NADA, other than a good kick in the mule by Obama and all his more moderate Republican brethren. Good job Cruz. You really don't get it do you.

    October 18, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. Behjat

    This sharada by republicans had nothing to do with what they think American people want or about affordable act. Because if you ask them to explain the affordable act, and what they don't like about it, they have no idea. This was done by a group of bigots who feel powerless and small, who will do and say anything to discredit Obama, merely because he is smart, compassionate, and has turned this country around, and yes, he is not white, and in the white house. More power to Obama for not giving in to tea party and their cheerleaders like Palin, Cruz, and talking head, limbaugh.

    October 18, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
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