Sep 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy

McConnell: Government shutdowns have "always been a loser for Republicans"

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during a news conference following the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 19, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Wednesday that government shutdowns pose a serious threat to Republicans.

Why it matters: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is scrambling to unite Republicans on spending proposals to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline.

What he's saying: "We're waiting to see what the House is going to do on a continuing resolution," McConnell said at a news conference Wednesday. 

  • "I'm not a fan of government shutdowns, I've seen a few of them over the years, they never have produced a policy change and they've always been a loser for Republicans, politically."

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