Mitch McConnell: I Protected Nation from Default

Image: Mitch McConnell: I Protected Nation from Default

Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 07:32 AM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., forcefully defended his moves to end debate and let the Senate vote on a bill that authorized the Treasury to borrow more money to pay the existing national debt, WHAS11 in Louisville, reported.

In doing so, he torpedoed Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's efforts to filibuster the issue. Cruz, a tea party favorite, wanted Senate Republicans to show solidarity with him.

"If 41 Republicans had stood together and just voted no, the clean debt ceiling, the blank check for President Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, would have been denied," Cruz said on the nationally syndicated Mark Levin radio program, according to CNN.

Editor’s Note: 250% Gains Bagged Using Secret Calendar (See Video)

Since the House had passed only a clean debt ceiling bill, McConnell said, responsible leadership demanded that he whip together a dozen Republicans to join the Democratic majority and overcome Cruz's filibuster. The procedural vote was 67-31. When the actual vote on the debt limit came up, McConnell along with other Republicans, opposed the measure in a losing 55-43 vote, CNN reported.

Campaigning in Louisville, McConnell said he favored structural changes to fiscal policy as a condition to raising the debt ceiling, Politico reported.

"We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default. I believe I have to act in the best interests of the country, and every time we've been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you're looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem."

McConnell said, "It was clear that we needed to produce enough procedural votes to get to a debt ceiling vote in order to avoid a default. My job is to protect the country when I can, and to step up and lead on those occasions when it's required. That's what I did."

McConnell is facing a tough re-election campaign. He is challenged by tea party candidate Matt Bevin and several other opponents in the May 20 GOP primary. A recent poll shows Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic nominee, leading McConnell by a 46 percent to 42 percent margin.

Editor’s Note: 250% Gains Bagged Using Secret Calendar (See Video)

Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Experts Warn That U.S. Is Heading For an Economic Crisis Worse Than 2008

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:26 AM

Special: Many inside the U.S. intelligence community fear a single flashpoint could sink America into . . .

WSJ: Midterms May Bring a GOP 'Wave' of Victories

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:21 AM

Most pundits have written off predictions that the midterms would be a "wave election" for Republicans, but The Wall Str . . .

Laura Ingraham: Obama Presidency Is 'Finished'

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:20 AM

The presidency of President Barack Obama is "finished," even though he can't admit it, which is why the president contin . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved