Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed his rival Democrats today after Congress failed to pass the CARES Act. Also known as the next phase of Congress’s coronavirus emergency relief action.
A report by The Hill stated:
Democrats blocked the Senate from advancing a “shell” bill, which the mammoth stimulus legislation was expected to be swapped into, arguing that there were a host of unresolved issues that made it a “non-starter” for Senate Democrats.
The GOP kingpin from Kentucky argued, “the notion that we have time to play games here with the American economy and the American people is utterly absurd. So I want to explain what just happened. Our good friends on the other side would not have been disadvantaged one bit if this vote had succeeded, because it would have required potentially thirty more hours of discussion. During which these seemingly endless negotiations could go on as long as they would like.”
And claimed, “It was just a few days ago when this Republican Senate majority moved expeditiously to pass the House Democrats’ ‘phase two’ legislation, even though many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle and I had serious reservations and would have written it differently.”
Plus he added, “All of the sudden the Democratic leader and the speaker of the House shows up, and we’re back to square one. We’re fiddling here, fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care. The American people expect us to act tomorrow.” He announced, If we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it will be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dicker when the country expects us to come together and address this problem.”
Sen. McConnell expressed that, “Hopefully some adults will show up on the other side of the room and understand the gravity of this situation and the need to act before the markets go down further and the American people become even more depressed about our lack of ability to come together under the most extraordinary circumstances. We’ve never been confronted with anything like this before.”
As well as, “I pushed the Speaker’s legislation through the Senate. Because urgency and results matter during a national crisis. Because, imperfections notwithstanding, it was the right thing to do for our country. So I hope and anticipate that a similar degree of bipartisanship and urgency will be reciprocated now.”
This country doesn’t really have time for petty politics.