McConnell: Democrats treating coronavirus pandemic as 'political game,' with relief talks still stalled
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said Democrats are treating the coronavirus pandemic as a “political game,” blaming leaders on the left for leaving “struggling people” to wait for critical financial aid.
From the Senate floor on Tuesday, McConnell, R-Ky., slammed Democrats for blocking pandemic relief “over unrelated liberal demands,” and the press for covering “their stonewalling like any ordinary political standoff.”
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“It does the nation a disservice to act like these last several weeks were just another routine political standoff,” McConnell said. “It does struggling families, and laid-off workers, and stressed-out school principals, and health care professionals a disservice to act like this has just been more ordinary Washington gridlock.”
He added: “There are life and death matters at stake — but Democrats have treated this historic national crisis as a political game.”
McConnell said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing for a State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction to be included in the fourth coronavirus stimulus package — which McConnell said makes “clear he doesn’t want any pandemic relief to become law unless it carries a special state-and-local tax carveout for high-earners in places like New York.”
McConnell added that Democrats have come to the negotiating table with “dead-on-arrival demands,” including bailouts for “poorly managed states,” but said Democrats and Republicans should have “been able to agree on a huge sweep of subjects,” including testing, funds for schools, legal protections, direct payments to Americans and more.
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