Mitch McConnell: 'My job is to protect the country when I can,'Submitted by Allegory on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:26
by Joe Arnold | WHAS11.com
February 14, 2014
Tea party tees off on McConnell after debt vote
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Under fire from the tea party for his part in allowing a senate vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he had to act in the best interests of the country to avoid default by the United States.
"My job is to protect the country when I can," McConnell said at a campaign appearance in Louisville, "and to step up and lead on those occasions when it's required. That's what I did."
With a filibuster threatened by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), McConnell and eleven other Republican senators joined with Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold to end debate on the bill which extends the federal debt limit for one year. The vote prevented another budget showdown such as the October impasse which led to a politically damaging 16 day shutdown of most of the federal government.