McConnell defends one-week funding bill
April 7th, 2011
10:33 AM ET
11 years ago

McConnell defends one-week funding bill

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday defended the House GOP's decision to take up a one-week government funding bill that includes provisions related to abortion. Those provisions, he insisted, have been included before in appropriations bills and approved by members of the Democratic leadership.

Democrats "have done nothing to prevent" a shutdown, McConnell said. As a result, he said, they have two choices: pass the GOP's one-week bill - which cuts spending by an additional $12 billion - or shut down the government.

"That's it. That's the choice," the Kentucky Republican said.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    LEAVE WOMENS HEALTH ALONE!!!! You always hear these republicans talking about BIG GOVERNMENT. They are a prime example of what BIG GOVERNMENT is. They're already in your doctor's office, next they'll be in your bedroom. Fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and do your job. You can't keep passing these continuining resolutions all the way up to September.

    April 7, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Name king

    These repugsnare using every tactic in the book to undermined this president and blame him for the shut down since they can't control the lunatic right in their party. They want to blame dems about not-passing a budget last year, but who in their right mind would believe the fillA busting repug senate was going to pass a dem budget. When they were trying every thing possible to impress the lunatic teabagging crew. All this blaming the dems for not passing the budget last hear is ludacris, not when they are saying no to every thing the dem do, but HELL NO. I know most Americans have the memory of a Ginger fly, but come on, this only a few month back, so these if this is what the repugs banking on to blame dems, all of America are not unreasonable tea bagger, that will not side with the dems, if they just saved their lives, some of us are honest practical and honest

    April 7, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. gord

    the tea party who are about to loose there medicare and social security will not like it

    April 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Kevin

    This man is a complete joke just like the rest of the GOP. Its funny how the party of no is saying that the dems are going for a government shutdown when they and their tea party allies are routing for a shut down. Just look at this 1 week budget plan here. Can someone explain to me what the hell does abortion has to do with the budget? Just like the house bill has the same old arguments. Look at the states controled by the GOP, all of the BS that has to do with abortions, planned parenthood and NPR. Not one mention about JOBS. People who voted them back into power, this what you get. Mitch McConnell is the main, remember what he said when the GOP took back the house and won some senate seats " Our single most important goal is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one term president" , not one mention about the country or jobs. This is who they are people, greed and power is all they know. Don't take my word for just look at their actions.

    April 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. the real ib

    Demo's don't want to stop out of controll spending so they just say no and then label the republicans the party of no and people eats it up.

    April 7, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Ernie

    I want to know where Mitch McConnell was when John Boehner met with Harry Reid and Obama. Speaker Boehner took a
    knife to a gun fight. Or it was 2 aganist 1. Obama had Harry Reid but Speaker Boehner had nobody.

    It's time for the Tea Party to tell Mitch McConnell it's time for you to go. Sen Mitch McConnell is defending a one week spending bill, Mitch McConnell doesn't get it, he spending the tax payer's money not his own but the tax payer's money. He should
    tell Speaker Boehner to tell Obama and Harry Reid we the Republician have done everything to not "shut down the government" so the ball is in your court if Harry Reid and Obama want to shut down the government then shut it down".

    By shutting down the government does nto affect the "private sector" it ony affects the government and all 800,000 non-essential emplyees. So what Harry Reid and Obama are doing is seeking that 800,000 non-essential emplyees.don't get
    paid. One thing that Harry Reid and Obama are forgetting is the 800,000 non-essential emplyees are voters and it they
    don't a pay check they are going to be really mad at Harry Reid and Obama. 800,000 votes can turn the tide of Obama's
    re-election. I know if I was a non-essential worker and I wasn't getting paid I would change my vote real quick. So I sy
    "shut it down".

    April 7, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    This guy could defend almost anything for the right price. He's that good. His services do not come cheaply, either.

    April 7, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    mcconnell would NOT compromise last fall over the 700 billion dollar tax cuts for his rich buddies. He has NO interest in our debt problems.

    April 7, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. carrotroot

    No more of these piecemeal extensions. Either Boehner is going to compromise or he will be forced to explain to everyone why he refused to meet the Democrats half-way.

    April 7, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Bill

    These GOP clowns need to figure out they do not make all the rules and need to work with the Democrats. As usual, our way or the highway crap. Get over it Mitch.

    April 7, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. James

    Fantastic example of how Republicans think a split Government should be run: give us our environment and planned parenthood cuts or we shut the Government down!

    April 7, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Biggge

    These guys must think they are GOD or something...No one week spending bill, you Crooks are not going to hold us hostage while you Kiss the Tea Parties behind.... You want to make some cuts, lets start with the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy....If the Gov. shuts down, some of U will be out of a job.....The hate has caught up with U now because U have to kiss the Tea Parties behind and help your wealthy guys stay on top... This is what happen when U make a deal with the devil......

    April 7, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. PalmReader

    What on earth does abortion have to do with the budget, McConnell? And why is an abortion provision IN the budget to begin with? No wonder nothing ever gets done with this current round up of GOPer clowns in charge.

    April 7, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    "They've just sat on the sidelines taking potshots at everything Republicans have proposed while rooting for a shutdown," said McConnell.

    Why does that criticism sound so familiar?

    Oh yes, that was the party of NO's stance on everything when THEY were in the minority.

    More hypocritical drivel from the bi-pedal turtle.

    April 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Republican's are fraud's !

    Don't try to blame the Democrat's ! The house is responsible for putting together a budget , and guess who is in charge of the house republicans ! The president and the democrat's have put commonsense proposals on the table but the teaparty fool's are trying to make cut's that will cause mass unemployment !

    April 7, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. rusty155

    If there a Government shut down It will be the Republican FAULT and your TEA PARTY Pal. You Republican have to Compromise, you can have everything your why. American People know the you are not listening too American people only the TEA PARTY , and we Are trier Of all these Extension and worry every other week about a shut down. You Republican need to get a deal done NOW , NO MORE EXTENSION. I hope You Republican can stop worrying about the 10 to15 % of the TEA PARTY People and start worrying about the other 85% of the American People. Me I hope the American People get You Mitch McConnell and Cry Baby John Boehner Out of the House and Senate In 2012. I just heard at 11:32am on CNN that the American People don,t want American tax dollar use on abortion that may be true But It shouldn't be In the Budget. You should work on that later when It don't affect American people. American People DON'T WANT A GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN, you better start listening because you Republican had your second chance you won't get a 3rd one. If the Government shut down It will Be The Republican and your TEA PARTY PAL. Mr John Boehner you should Stand up to the TEA PARTY people. You can't tell me It not the Republican fault when you have one or two out In Front of the White House saying shut It down they are Michele Bachmann And Mike Pence , so It will be Republican Fault. By they way I live In Indiana and I know Mike Pence Is Plan on running for GOV.of Indiana will you tell him he just lose my vote.

    April 7, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Well with.that being said shut it down cut oil tax breaks and the taxes for the upper 2% then we can negotiate.

    April 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. The Other Dale

    Why is it that every picture of McConnell released to the press shows him looking as if he's going to burst into tears at any second?

    BTW, nice work on that logic – "your choice is to do it our way and nothing else." Then again, he's has this "screw you" attitude towards the people of Kentucky for years now, so that's understandable. Still upset that you couldn't make the air any unhealthier, Mtch?

    April 7, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. FM

    "Democrats "have done nothing to prevent" a shutdown, McConnell said"
    Gosh! this old man doesn't know with this sentence he is blaming himself as well. It is very bad when one loses almost all bearings!

    April 7, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. RiffRaff

    We're getting held hostage over abortion? We're gonna tank the global economy and not pay our troops AT WAR so the Repubs can play hardball for the social conservatives?These idiots are a joke. Its an appropriations bill not a freaking piece of legislation per se. This is the back door way they get all their crap through-just like their earmarks. McConnell knows it'll never pass the Senate-and around we go playing more word games & playing heartstrings screaming about abortion. And still no SOLUTIIONS

    April 7, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. needNewGov

    oh it's the old, "my way or the highway". Great concept of choice. How about taking out the social issues and see what happens. GOD, I HATE THE POLITICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |