Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasts Democrats for trying to use the coronavirus relief bill as a "juicy political opportunity."
"We were this close" to passing the bill, he said. "This close, then yesterday morning the Speaker of the House flew back from San Francisco. And suddenly the Senate's serious bipartisan process turned into this left-wing episode of supermarket sweep. Unrelated issues left and right."
"Every single American outside of Washington knows this is no time for this nonsense."
MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNNEL: How many times are we going to get a shot at a $1 trillion-plus program right here on the floor right night. I don't know how many trillion-plus packages we're going to have. In other words, let's don't waste this opportunity to take full advantage and get our whole wish list done.
They ought to be embarrassed, Mr. President. In fact, I heard from some of them who are embarrassed. Talking like this is some juicy political opportunity. This is not a juicy political opportunity. This is a national emergency.
We had days of productive bipartisan talks to get to this point. Senate Democrats sat down with Senate Republicans and negotiated furiously to get to this point. The bill now contains a huge number of changes that our Democratic colleagues requested, including major changes.
We were this close -- this close, then yesterday morning the Speaker of the House flew back from San Francisco. And suddenly the Senate's serious bipartisan process turned into this left-wing episode of supermarket sweep. Unrelated issues left and right.
I'll tell you what will lower our carbon footprint, Mr. President -- if the entire economy continues to crumble, with hundreds of thousands of more Americans laid off because Senate Democrats won't act. That'll lower our carbon footprint, all right.
Every single American outside of Washington knows this is no time for this nonsense.
A surgeon in Fresno, California, says, quote, "we're at war with no ammo." "We are at war with no ammo." That's a surgeon in Fresno.
An intensive care nurse in New York City says, "if we don't get the proper equipment soon, we are going to get sick."
Democrats are filibustering more masks and aid for hospitals? Every day, more Americans wake up to the news that their jobs are gone -- their jobs are gone. And Democrats are filibustering programs to keep people on the payroll? And they're filibustering a huge expansion of unemployment insurance, which they themselves negotiated and put into the bill? Hundreds of dollars extra per week for laid-off workers on top of existing unemployment benefits -- and Democrats are blocking it? This has got to stop. And today is the day it has to stop. The country is out of time -- out of time.
I can confirm this. This is what Democrats torpedoed the rescue package for.— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 23, 2020
This will go down as one of the most cynical, disgusting, malevolent actions in history. Millions are losing jobs while they play these games. https://t.co/SUCtYxmXGo