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Calling for bold budget cuts, McConnell won't rule out shutdown

Calling for bold budget cuts, McConnell won't rule out shutdown

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM

It is likely not to be as bare bones as U.S. Senator Rand Paul's (R-KY) $500 billion spending cut plan, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says with the deficit "out of control," and in the absence of cuts from the Obama Administration, Congress will offer a "lot less" in its budget.

And, McConnell is not ruling out a government shutdown if Congress and the White House can't agree.

The Hill reports on McConnell's latest appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.  

On three occasions, “Meet” host David Gregory pressed McConnell on the issue of closing the door to a government shutdown.

McConnell responded with the same answer on all three attempts, “We have two opportunities coming up. We have the continuing resolution on March 4. And then the president has asked us to raise the debt ceiling. So we have two opportunities here to do something important for this country on the issue of spending and debt. We ought not to lose that opportunity.”

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