Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued on Thursday that shutting down the government to stop vaccine mandates was not a good idea, claiming he believes the courts will end the mandates.
The remarks occurred during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday.
McConnell’s comments came as he worked to avoid a government shutdown that some Republicans had pushed for in order to negotiate the end of vaccine mandates in return.
“I think there is good news, multiple courts have pushed the pause button on these government vaccine mandates. There’s a decent chance the courts will strike them down,” McConnell said during the interview.
In addition the courts, the Senate plans a vote next week that could prohibit vaccine mandates from going into effect.
“Secondly, next week, we’re going to have a vote on the vaccine mandate prohibiting that regulation from going into effect,” he said.
McConnell believes the Senate vote has a “decent chance” of passing in the 50-50 divided chamber, saying, “I think it has a decent chance of passing the Senate.”
Warning Against a Shutdown
McConnell also argued any shutdown would not “get an outcome.”
“I don’t think shutting down the government over this issue is going to get an outcome. It would only create chaos and uncertainty,” he said.
“So, I don’t think that’s the best vehicle to get this job done. I think the courts are likely to get it done or we’ll pass, early next week, freestanding, a measure to overturn the government mandate,” he added.
The refreshing news is that McConnell remains confident the vaccine mandates will not move forward. The bad news is that increased spending will continue under Democrat leadership, and McConnell is not taking the lead to stop it.
The nation’s reckless spending can’t go on forever, but McConnell is more willing to allow increased spending that to see Republicans blamed for causing a government shutdown.