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McConnell Still Pushing a Chicken Feed Relief Package While Americans Are Desperate

Sean McDermott

Posted on December 3, 2020 09:45

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On Tuesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a $908 billion, bipartisan relief package, and as he continues to push a minuscule $500 billion package, there is reason to question his motivations and whether it is America he truly cares about.

Congressional gridlock continued on Capitol Hill Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected a $908 billion coronavirus relief package put together by a bipartisan group in the House and Senate. The deal was constructed to break the stalemate between Senate Democrats and Republicans since late October.

McConnell has pointed the blame at Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats for the inability to come to an agreement. He has insisted on a "skinny" and "targeted" relief deal worth merely $500 billion despite 12.6 million Americans still out of work and food banks running short of food. Prior to yesterday's $908 billion bipartisan offering, Democrats had been steadfast on matching the Cares Act with $2.2 trillion.

Mitch McConnell did not spend his entire day working with lawmakers or getting relief out to millions of Americans who have been scraping nickels together. Rather, McConnell spent useful time commemorating retiring Senator, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) McConnell became visibly emotional while honoring his beloved friend and colleague and had to pause on occasion as his eyes glossed over with tears. McConnell quoted Alexander about becoming a Senator by saying "It's hard to get here. It's hard to stay here. So you might as well try to accomplish something."

McConnell did not cry about any Americans dying from the coronavirus. As the Kentucky Senator was reminiscing and reciting quotes about "accomplishing something," McConnell accomplished absolutely nothing to help millions hungry, dying, or broke.

As Americans experience one of the most difficult domestic challenges to their own survival, McConnell's most recent inaction comes as a record 2,670 people lost their lives and a further 100,200 across the country were hospitalized. Hospitals are running low on resources and places to treat those recently infected with the virus.

Some Wisconsin hospitals are so filled to capacity with coronavirus patients, they had to move some patients into a children's hospital.

This moment isn't terribly different from earlier in the year when McConnell helped legislate the Cares Act; however McConnell seemed ambiguously inclined to let his decisions rest on Trump's approvals.

 ".. I like to remind everybody that the way you get a result is you have to have a presidential signature. So I felt the first thing we needed to do was to find out what the President would in fact sign," McConnell said. 

Sure, Trump has to sign off on any bill that passes the House and the Senate, but McConnell has the experience to influence a sitting president. Could spite for a lost election be quietly motivating Trump to keep the relief's dollar amount as low as possible?   

Mitch could possibly know from his communications with the White House. The questions thereafter would be: does Mitch McConnell even care, and if so, can he get the President to sign off on a deal with a higher number truly proportionate to the suffering and desperation being felt across the country?

Only Mitch knows. All we can do is hope he isn't just doing Trump's bitter bidding. 

Sean McDermott

Posted on December 3, 2020 09:45

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Source: NBC New York

In this March 27, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office...

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