Sen. McConnell Slams Democrat COVID Bill As ‘Totally Partisan’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walked on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) condemned Democrats’ approach to COVID-19 relief as “totally partisan.” In a press conference on Tuesday, McConnell said the Biden administration has shown it is pretty far left across the board.

The Kentucky senator also suggested the bill is too broad in scope and spending. He added GOP lawmakers want targeted relief, as there are signs the economy is coming back.

McConnell indicated he does not expect any Republicans to join Democrats’ push to pass the bill.

“They’re going to try to muscle this through on a totally partisan basis, and I think I can safely speak for most of my members that we think this is dramatically more money than is required at this particular juncture,” McConnell stated. “It also includes a number of things that have absolutely nothing to do with COVID relief, and so it will be controversial.”

In the meantime, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Democrats were never trying to get a bipartisan deal.



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