Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lit the White House up today. Leader McConnell claimed it would be “a mistake” to include funding for a new FBI headquarters building in the new round of economic stimulus.
As he told, “in the Democratic bill over in the House, they’ve got a tax cut for rich people in blue states. That’s not related to COVID-19 either.” McConnell referring to a provision in the House-passed HEROES Act that calls for the restoration of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction.
Then stated, “I think whatever we finally agree on, all of these items — whether it’s the FBI building, whether its a tax cut for high-income people in blue states — ought to come out,” as well as “the bill ought to be narrowly crafted to deal only with [covid-19].”
Despite his opposition to Trump’s FBI headquarters push, McConnell said he is “consulting with the White House and trying to get on the same page as much as we can.” Plus he accused Democrats of not stepping up to the table to negotiate a “serious” proposal. “They want to spend $3 trillion, which is double what we already added to the national debt back in March and April. That’s a $2 trillion difference, it is no small amount of money.”
He also argued, “All the finger-pointing is not going to get to an outcome. We need to sit down and see what we can agree to and do that and I do think with unemployment expiring at the end of the week, there is incentive for both sides to come together behind something, either a smaller package, as the president suggested was a possibility, or to get serious about doing something more significant.”
And concluded that, “The public is interested in a result here and the only way to get a result is a bipartisan agreement.” Time is money.