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."