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McConnell: ‘There will not be another government shutdown’

Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) (Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposes shutting down the government a second time in order to achieve Republican goals in upcoming budget talks, adding that the first closure was not in line with conservative principles.

"Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy," he said on CBS's "Face The Nation." "I don't think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn't. So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was at the center of Republican brinksmanship over the last closure, indicated in an interview on ABC's "This Week" that he would not take the shutdown threat off the table as he and other Republicans try to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz said. "What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare, because it isn't working, it's costing people's jobs, and it's taking away their healthcare."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on ABC's "This Week" that she was "proud" of her fellow Democrats for taking a stand against Republican shutdown and debt-default threats during the last round of negotiations.

"I join the American people in their disgust at what happened in terms of the shutdown of government," Pelosi said. "That's an unthinkable tactic to use in the political debate. But I will say that I'm very proud of my House Democrats and the Senate Democrats as well."

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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