Senate Leader McConnell blocks his own idea on debt ceiling. Just when you thought Congress couldn’t get any more useless and gridlocked, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes his own legislation on the Senate floor. In a commentary by Lawrence O’Donnell last night, the move was defined as the most “idiotic thing” ever. That sentiment may not be too far off. Senate historians are checking to verify if such a thing has ever happened before, that is, a member proposing a bill then immediately blocking it.