Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare.
McConnell (Ky.) told The Hill in an interview Thursday afternoon that his party learned a painful political lesson over the past 16 days, as its approval rating dropped while the government was shuttered.
He said there’s no reason to go through the political wringer again in January, when the stopgap measure Congress passed late Wednesday is set to expire.
“One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid-1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days,” he said. “There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown.
“I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is,” he added.
I've got another Kentucky saying for you, Mitch. There's no educating a Tea Party Republican. Because Ted Cruz isn't going to make that promise, and neither are his buddies in the House. In fact, Cruz is already back to the same old hostage-taking tactics, and it hasn't even been 24 hours since the last crisis ended.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for Federal Communications Commission chief, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Cruz will hold the nomination until Tom Wheeler states that he will not push for disclosures from political ad sponsors, Sean Ruston, a spokesman for Cruz told the Journal.
Cruz asked Wheeler about his stance on the Disclose Act, which would require tax-exempt groups that run political ads to reveal their top donors, in June, and is waiting for a detailed response. When asked about the bill in June, Wheeler, a former telecomm lobbyist, said he needed to look at the issue more closely.
Looks like Ted Cruz hasn't learned a goddamn thing, Mitch. He especially doesn't want people finding out who his donors are, as he's immediately blocking yet another federal job.
And on and on it goes.