Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "isn’t taking a government shutdown over spending concerns off the table," POLITICO reports.
But in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” McConnell said he saw two looming opportunities in the coming months to address the nation’s debt: a continuing resolution to keep the government funded and a request from President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling.
“We have two opportunities coming up,” said McConnell when asked if a shutdown was a viable option. “We have two opportunities to do something important for this country on the issue of spending and debt. We ought not to lose that opportunity. The president ought to work with us on both those occasions to address that important issue.”
McConnell also said "there was a need for Democrats and Republicans to address entitlement reform, and pushed Obama to take more aggressive steps on the matter."