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McConnell signs on to Cut, Cap, Balance Act

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has signed on to co-sponsor the Cut, Cap, Balance Act, The Daily Caller has learned.

A group of Republican Senators introduced the legislation last week. The bill is the legislative embodiment of the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge that began floating through the halls of Capitol Hill last month. It seeks to tie a vote on the debt limit to spending cuts and caps, and the passage of a balanced budget amendment.

The bill now has 32 co-sponsors in the Senate, including Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rand Paul of Kentucky. No Democrat has signed on yet.

Initially, those promoting the pledge were skeptical that Republican leaders would sign on. McConnell, in fact, never signed the pledge itself. At the time, the Cut, Cap, Balance Act represented a clear divide separating the GOP establishment from freshmen and “Tea Party” members of Congress. (McConnell proposal on debt limit prompts swift backlash from conservatives)

Earlier this week, McConnell drew the ire of many conservatives by proposing a contingency plan if a deal on the debt limit is not reached. McConnell’s plan would give President Barack Obama the authority to demand an increase on the debt ceiling unless Congress voted to block the request.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee also signed on to co-sponsor the Cut, Cap, Balance Act Thursday.

  • Humorless

    Oh, sure. Mitch “finally got the message”…but “oddly” they are still talking about passing his Plan B, aren’t they?

    Oh..and anybody heard John Boehner say “I’ll never pass Plan B”???

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    I must be a bad guy,,,,,,,,,,BUT PLEASE GET PROFESSIONAL HELP!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!! EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS VALUE, YOU JUST NEED HELP…AND REMEMBER JESUS LOVES YOU!!!!

  • jeffersonjohn

    BS In true McConnell fashion, he will say the conservative line and then go to his liberal RINO flunkies to ensure adoption of contrary action – in this case his surrender to Obama.

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  • Mr.ManZ

    More Importantly it is looking more and more like the GOP will cave to the obama administration push in raising debt limit. Speaker Boehner along with Mitch McConnell have publically stated that handing over power of the purse to Obama would come as a last resort. This tell us that our party will cave and cave hard to obama and dems demands, making big government even bigger and increasing our debt by trillions more. I for One Will not cast a vote for any republican that plays into this.

  • PalinPatriot4ever

    So, that weak kneed, gutless, spineless, Liberal Republican Party RINO, Sen. Mitch McConnell, finally got the message..

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      ARGHHHHHHHHHHH……………MITCH HATES THE TEA PARTY..HE CAN’T EVER SAY IT IN PUBLIC THOUGH!!!!AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER 2-3 YEARS…MAYBE ON HIS DEATH BED.

  • savage24

    This will go nowhere in the Senate as long as Dingy Harry runs the Senate. Even if the Republicans could get 65 vote to pass it, Harry would get Biden to vote to break the tie. There will be snowball fights in hell before this out of control spending stops.

  • politicsisdirty

    Thanks Mr McConnell. We are behind you on this!

    • MerryJ1

      Ditto, and kudos to you for expressing a positive view! :)

  • jonathan galt

    This is very good news! I guess everybody caught on to the strength of obama’s hand when he told Cantor ” not to call his bluff”

    Hold strong republicans, conservatives and tea party, America has your back.