McConnell Pushes Trump Into A Corner With Vocal Opposition To 2nd Shutdown

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber about a continuing resolution to re-open the government on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber about a continuing resolution to re-open the government on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo B... UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside the Senate chamber about a continuing resolution to re-open the government on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been vocal in private and public about his hatred of shutdowns and ardent desire to avoid another one.

According to a Wednesday Politico report, McConnell shares this sentiment with most of his caucus, who see three possible (and negative) outcomes for the party, should a deal not be brokered: President Donald Trump declares a national emergency that will likely be overturned by the courts, Republicans rebel and vote with Democrats on a funding bill or another shutdown.

“I’ve just been pointing out what an impractical idea the emergency route is,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told Politico, adding that there is a “99 percent likelihood” that the courts would block a national emergency declaration. “It’s a much stronger opportunity for good border security if we work something out.”

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