Watch CBSN Live

McConnell: Health Care Fight a Battle against Tyranny

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has positioned himself as a champion of Tea Party issues recently. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky put his support for Tea Party issues center stage Thursday, echoing their stance on two important issues.

First, at a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal scholar group, McConnell said that unless Republicans can kill health care reform legislation, America could be headed for a tyrannical police state, reports Talking Points Memo.

"By preventing the accumulation of excessive power, the Constitution is designed to reduce the risk of tyranny or abuse at either the Federal or state levels," McConnell said. "The health care bill would remove an important bulwark of this protection. So fighting this mandate couldn't be more important."

Additionally, Sen. McConnell came out against a $1 trillion-plus spending bill that Democrats are trying to push through Congress to avoid a governmental shutdown in December.

The Senate hasn't passed a single spending bill for the budget year that began almost two months ago, the Associated Press reports. Ten of 12 House bills haven't even been made public.

Sen. McConnell says voters have sent a message that they don't want lawmakers to put together massive legislation behind closed doors. His opposition makes passage of the spending bill difficult, as Democrats would need at least a couple of Republicans to push it through the Senate.

Congress needs to pass a stopgap spending bill by Dec. 3 to avoid a shutdown of most of the government.

Since the Midterm elections earlier this month, Sen. McConnell has positioned himself prominently against Democratic ideas.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue