McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor that the stand-alone House bill, which sought to meet President Donald Trump's demands for bigger relief checks, "has no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate."
With a new U.S. Congress due to be sworn into office in just a few days, McConnell's remark suggested the legislation that passed the House on Monday will simply expire.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Mr. President.
- The Majority Leader.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Today the Senate was supposed to finish legislation securing critical tools, training, and support for America's armed forces, but the junior senator from Vermont had other ideas. Remember, Senator Sanders spent last summer literally trying to defund our military. Not my words, Mr. President, but the title of a piece he published, "Defund the Pentagon-- The Liberal Case." Our colleague authored an amendment to strip 10% of funding from our service members and decimate our defense budget.
Our colleague says he will slow down this vital bill unless he gets to muscle through another standalone proposal from Speaker Pelosi that would add roughly a half a trillion dollars to the national debt, which does not align with what President Trump has suggested and which has no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.
After Congress and the administration finalized the bipartisan bill, the president expressed interest in further expanding nontargeted direct payment. So to ensure the president was comfortable signing the bill into law, the Senate committed to beginning one process that would combine three of the president's priorities-- larger direct checks, a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and further efforts to review the integrity of our democracy. Three of the president's priorities in one Senate process, that was the commitment, and that's what happened yesterday when I introduced [INAUDIBLE] reflecting just what the president had, in fact, requested.
Now, Mr. President, House and Senate Democrats want something very different. As they tried to do countless times in the past four years, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer are trying to pull a fast one on the president and the American people. First of all, they are hoping everyone just forgets about election integrity and big tech. They're desperate to ignore those two parts of President Trump's request, and you can draw your own conclusions.