Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
October 4, 2015

McConnell Suggests Fight Over Debt Limit in 2014

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he “can’t imagine” that Republicans would agree to a clean debt limit increase, even though the past two hikes have come without commensurate cuts.

The current debt ceiling agreement is anticipated to last through mid-February, a month after Congress has to fund the government to avoid another shutdown.

“All I can tell you about the debt ceiling is, I doubt if the House or, for that matter, the Senate is willing to give the president a clean debt ceiling increase,” McConnell said. “Every time the president asks us to raise the debt ceiling is a good time to try to achieve something important for the country. … I can’t imagine it being done clean. We’ll have to see what the House insists on adding to it as a condition for passing it.”

McConnell touted the Budget Control Act both as a reason for negotiating over the debt ceiling in 2014 and for voting against Tuesday’s procedural motion on the budget deal crafted by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

“As I said repeatedly to you and to others over the months, I think busting the caps on the BCA was a big mistake, and I don’t think any of you were surprised at how I voted,” McConnell said in response to multiple questions about why he did not formally announce his opposition to the bill until after it had cleared the key procedural hurdle.

Avoiding a filibuster of the budget agreement, which sets top-line appropriations levels for the next two years, but still being able to vote against it was an ideal political situation for McConnell. The budget agreement passing decreases the likelihood of another government shutdown next year; voting against such a measure allows McConnell to appeal to his right flank as he faces re-election in 2014.

McConnell’s remarks Tuesday were in line with what conservatives have been saying about the debt limit and their opposition to the budget agreement. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a tea party favorite and McConnell supporter, made similar comments to reporters earlier Tuesday.

“Most of the conservatives in our party are opposed to raising the debt ceiling without conditions,” Paul said. “We’re also opposed to raising the spending over the next two years by busting the budget caps. I think it does a disservice to every conservative in the party who believes we need to go in the opposite direction.”

Comments (61)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. john norton

    Dec. 17, 2013
    4:23 p.m.

    You had yore chance McConnel U r toast… :)

  2. john norton

    Dec. 17, 2013
    4:24 p.m.

    The rest of the GOPe leadership r toast too… ~ !!!

  3. Socialism is Evil. Organized.

    Dec. 17, 2013
    10:55 p.m.

    Kathleen Sebelius lied when she claimed that 70,000 children would lose access to Head Start due to the 2013 sequester.

    • Jesse4

      Dec. 18, 2013
      12:30 a.m.

      She said “up to 70,000,” and it turned out to be over 57,000 children lost access.
      So it wasn’t really a lie due to the “up to” part of the statement.

  4. Brenda

    Dec. 18, 2013
    9:54 a.m.

    Shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped is a case of too little, too late. You have already given obama the power to expand the debt ceiling in your last brilliant move. Move over old man, your time has past.

  5. Robert M. McAdam

    Dec. 18, 2013
    10:54 a.m.

    Thank you Senator Bevin. Your effect on future former Senator McConnell is already being felt.

  6. Anonymous

    July 3, 2015
    8:28 p.m.

    fitflops sale australia
    fitflops sale online australia

  7. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    5:21 p.m.

    I always was concerned in this subject and stock still am, regards for posting.

  8. Anonymous

    July 6, 2015
    8:48 a.m.

    fitflops sale australia
    where to buy fitflops

  9. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    10:26 a.m.

    excellent post.Ne’er knew this, thanks for letting me know.

  10. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    11:35 p.m.

    I’d need to examine with you here. Which isn’t something I often do! I get pleasure from studying a post that can make individuals think. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  11. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    5:40 a.m.

    Great blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

  12. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    5:43 a.m.

    Very interesting details you have noted, thankyou for posting. “I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” by Oscar Wilde.

  13. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:49 a.m.

    I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  14. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    11:07 a.m.

    I love your writing style truly enjoying this web site.

  15. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    12:46 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you?¦ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What an ideal site.

  16. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:35 p.m.

    But wanna remark that you have a very decent site, I enjoy the design and style it really stands out.

  17. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    6:44 a.m.

    Hello. excellent job. I did not expect this. This is a splendid story. Thanks!

  18. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    10:13 p.m.

    What¦s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & aid different users like its helped me. Good job.

  19. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    11:31 p.m.

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It if truth be told was a enjoyment account it. Look complex to far added agreeable from you! However, how can we keep up a correspondence?

  20. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    6:31 a.m.

    Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  21. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    5:27 p.m.

    I have to express my appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from such a incident. Right after surfing around throughout the the web and coming across suggestions that were not beneficial, I assumed my life was well over. Living devoid of the solutions to the problems you have solved as a result of your main website is a serious case, and the kind that could have badly affected my entire career if I had not discovered your website. Your own personal mastery and kindness in controlling the whole thing was important. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered such a stuff like this. It’s possible to at this moment look ahead to my future. Thank you so much for this professional and sensible guide. I won’t think twice to recommend the sites to any individual who should get care on this problem.

  22. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    3:05 p.m.

    Hi, just required you to know I he added your site to my Google bookmarks due to your layout. But seriously, I believe your internet site has 1 in the freshest theme I??ve came across. It extremely helps make reading your blog significantly easier.

  23. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    1:22 p.m.

    Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    2:40 p.m.

    This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    3:14 a.m.

    Hello There. I discovered your blog the usage of msn. That is a really well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your helpful information. Thank you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    7:49 p.m.

    of course like your web-site but you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very troublesome to tell the truth on the other hand I?¦ll definitely come again again.

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    2:08 p.m.

    I’m very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    7:51 p.m.

    Well I really liked reading it. This article procured by you is very helpful for correct planning.

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 18, 2015
    1:35 a.m.

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    8:12 a.m.

    Great write-up, I am regular visitor of one?¦s site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    10:17 a.m.

    Currently it seems like Movable Type is the best blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    1:53 p.m.

    I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    10:35 p.m.

    Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    10:58 p.m.

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    7:47 p.m.

    Hello, you used to write excellent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring?K I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

  36. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    12:54 p.m.

    Hi, just required you to know I he added your site to my Google bookmarks due to your layout. But seriously, I believe your internet site has 1 in the freshest theme I??ve came across. It extremely helps make reading your blog significantly easier.

  37. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    2:57 a.m.

    Those are yours alright! . We at least need to get these people stealing images to start blogging! They probably just did a image search and grabbed them. They look good though!

  38. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    8:30 a.m.

    DPNf6o Thank you ever so for you article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  39. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    11:14 p.m.

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to offer something again and aid others like you helped me.

  40. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    6:12 a.m.

    Howdy! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    2:40 a.m.

    Good blog! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  42. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    4:06 p.m.

    Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2


    Sept. 19, 2015
    6:57 p.m.

    Thanks for detailed review.. Waiting for future notes

  44. car insurance quotes

    Sept. 20, 2015
    10:05 a.m.

    Save more with us and online auto insurance comparison. It takes only few minutes to get quotes and save on home or auto insurance policies.

  45. esurance online quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    10:07 a.m.

    Its good idea to share such info with us. We need more such useful information.

  46. State farm auto insurance quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    3:25 p.m.

    Whats amazing note here. It would be great to use your info for future posts or comments.

  47. state farm insurance company

    Sept. 21, 2015
    10:22 a.m.

    Get auto and home insurance policies, combine, compare and save on quotes. Get cheapest policies from top companies.

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 21, 2015
    5:12 p.m.

    Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you I am experiencing issue with ur rss However . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows respond. Thanks

  49. amica home insurance reviews

    Sept. 22, 2015
    3:43 a.m.

    Get auto and home insurance policies

  50. amica car insurance reviews

    Sept. 22, 2015
    6:06 a.m.

    We offer you huge discounts, just enter your zip code

  51. amax insurance bedford tx

    Sept. 22, 2015
    5:30 p.m.

    Also I suggest everyone try our huge discounts on auto or home insurance

  52. amax car insurance

    Sept. 22, 2015
    7:09 p.m.

    Get auto and home insurance policies

  53. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    5:11 a.m.

    Of course, what a splendid site and illuminating posts, I definitely will bookmark your website.Have an awsome day!

  54. federated mutual

    Sept. 23, 2015
    5:30 a.m.

    Also I suggest everyone try our huge discounts on auto or home insurance

  55. federated mutual insurance company

    Sept. 23, 2015
    11:46 a.m.

    Get quotes for auto and home policy. Save with us up to 40%

  56. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    12:15 p.m.

    It is in reality a great and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  57. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    6:25 p.m.

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again

  58. home owners insurane

    Sept. 28, 2015
    11:40 a.m.

    Cheap quotes on auto insurance! Save more when compare quotes by zip code here!

  59. home owner insurnce

    Sept. 28, 2015
    11:41 a.m.

    Cheap quotes on auto insurance! Save more when compare quotes by zip code here!

  60. acuity insurance reviews

    Oct. 1, 2015
    5:05 p.m.

    We offer you huge discounts, just enter your zip code

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...