McConnell warns that shutdowns have 'always been a loser for Republicans'

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned that government shutdowns are a political liability for his party as Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to keep the government open12.
  • McConnell made it clear that he is "not a fan of government shutdowns" and that they have never produced a policy change and have always been a loser for Republicans politically1.
  • The comments come as Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans are scrambling to pass a short-term funding bill that would keep the government running through Oct. 31 amid opposition from hard-line conservatives1.
  • The funding measure is laden with conservative policy provisions that make it dead on arrival in the Senate, and with less than two weeks left to act, a shutdown at the end of the month appears increasingly likely1.
  • The situation highlights the importance of responsible governance and the need for transparency and accountability in government operations, particularly in the context of a potential government shutdown and its impact on the economy and public services1