Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday government shutdowns “have always been a loser for Republicans politically” and that they’ve “never produced a policy change” amid ongoing division in Congress about government funding.
“I’m not a fan of government shutdowns,” McConnell told reporters following the GOP conference’s weekly luncheon.
McConnell said the upper chamber is waiting to see what the House is going to do on a continuing resolution (CR), which would keep the previous year’s funding for federal programs temporarily.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, leaves a news conference following the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
However, the anticipated procedural vote for the temporary spending bill, which was crafted through negotiations between the House Freedom Caucus and Main Street Caucus, was removed from the schedule on Tuesday. The government will enter partial shutdown if no deal is reached by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30.
“We’ll see what the House does and act accordingly,” McConnell said. “I support what the speaker is trying to accomplish because he’s trying