McConnell’s bring-it-on moment

by Alexander Bolton - The Hill
February 15, 2014

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) delivered a message to Tea Party critics when he cast a decisive vote Wednesday that led to Senate passage of a debt-ceiling hike: Bring it on.

In perhaps his most defining moment in the 113th Congress, McConnell strode up to the dais and declared his “aye” vote in a clear voice heard throughout the chamber. It broke the impasse and seven more Republicans soon voted as well to end the filibuster.

It was a risky decision for McConnell, who is facing a difficult primary battle from businessman Matt Bevin, a conservative backed by Tea Party groups.
McConnell’s vote broke a filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that was backed by the Club for Growth, which helped defeat former Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Dick Lugar (Ind.) in Republican primaries in 2010 and 2012 but has stayed out of McConnell’s race so far.

His colleagues hoped Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), a centrist Republican, would provide the needed 60th vote but Murkowski refused unless the GOP leadership team joined her, according to a source who was on the floor during the standoff.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • mudguy1 says:

    We the People sent them to Congress to uphold and preserve the Constitution and all we get is people that not only dishonor and disregard the Constitution. Living up to what they promised h as no meaning anymore.They are no better than Obama when he said “You can keep you Doctor if you like him and you can keep your insurance if you like it” When is on lie better than an other.

    1. paintinc56 says:


  • iprazhm says:

    Turncoats and RINOs…poof-be gone!

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