Showing he’s got a lot to learn about “the art of the deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday cut off a Republican option of allowing a government shutdown when budget negotiations begin in the fall.
And conservatives on social media let him have it. Someone called him a “moron” – go figure.
Giving the game away before it even begins, the Kentucky Republican told reporters on Tuesday he would work “through negotiations” to come to an agreement with President Obama, basically surrendering in advance the ultimate power of congressional Republicans – the power of the purse – to control the chief executive.
“Let me say it again, no more government shutdowns,” McConnell said, according to The Hill.
The government’s fiscal year ends at the end of September. That means some spending plans must be in place before Oct. 1 for McConnell to keep the vow he made on Tuesday.
And that almost certainly means knuckling under to a Democrat president and his rigidly disciplined Democrat minority in the House and Senate.
Conservatives on social media were disgusted. As one Twitter user put it, McConnell could learn from Republican front-runner Donald Trump how to negotiate with an adversary. He literally wrote the book on it. It’s called “Art of the Deal.”
— mark smith (@realbigstriper) August 4, 2015
@thehill He needs to shut down.
— Beverly whites to (@Honeybeehive4b) August 4, 2015
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