Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats' insistence for more sweeping aid. (Sept. 8)
MITCH MCCONNELL: The Democratic leaders have spent months playing these Goldilocks games. They've complained about every single thing we've put forward, but they've produced nothing of their own with any chance whatsoever of becoming law. Meanwhile after all their blustering that Congress should never do anything piecemeal, Speaker Pelosi came rushing back to Washington to pass the most piecemeal bill you could possibly imagine, legislation that solely helped out the US Postal Service and did nothing at all for American families.
Now here's what our bill is not. It's not a sweeping multi-trillion dollar plan to rebuild the entire country in Republicans' image. It does not even contain every single relief policy that Republicans ourselves think would help in the short term. I'm confident the Democrats would feel the same way, but the American people don't need us to keep arguing over what might be perfect. They need us to actually make a law.
PATRICK LEAHY: Senator McConnell says he's prepared a so-called "skinny" COVID bill to put before the Senate, but he put it before us as a take it or leave it, no amendments, no debate. Well, this proposal isn't skinny, it's anemic. Why are they afraid to vote? Let's have amendments. Vote them up or down. Can you-- is there any question why the American public are wondering what's going on when the Republican leadership will not even allow a vote? What are they so afraid of? It's democracy. Vote up or down.