Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, has made statements implying that government shutdowns have historically been a political loss for the Republicans. However, historical data from 2013 shows that following a government shutdown, the Republican party gained significant ground in the Senate and the House. Moreover, these victories contributed significantly to McConnell’s political career. Despite this, McConnell seems adamant to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September 2023, the reasons for which remain unclear.

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