McConnell: GOP ‘vindicated’ by spending deal

“Quite frankly, I think this is a vindication of what Republicans have been saying all along: before we spend the taxpayers’ money, we should have a real accounting of what’s actually needed,” said McConnell as his Democratic counterpart Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stood across the aisle from him.

“So now that we’ve demonstrated that there aren’t enough votes to support more un-offset spending, I intend to vote in favor of a clean CR,” said McConnell, before casting his vote for the resolution proposed by Reid that omitted the emergency FEMA funding that had been a point of contention.

“In my view, this entire fire-drill was completely unnecessary,” McConnell concluded.