Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has admitted to his Republican colleagues that he has been urging President Trump not to strike a coronavirus relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the election. He feels that this move could cause a disruption in confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court this week.
According to Common Dreams, McConnell’s remarks came during a closed-door Senate GOP lunch just ahead of a Tuesday evening deadline last week for a relief deal set by Pelosi and agreed to by the Trump administration. While the deadline came and went without a deal, the House Speaker told Democratic lawmakers late last Tuesday that the two sides “have been making some progress” and continued to voice optimism that “we can reach an agreement before the election.”
The window to hash out any details of a coronavirus relief deal is coming to an end as Election Day approaches even though there is a huge need for one. Unemployment is still a concern nationally and aid to state and local governments is also needed.
Unfortunately, even if Trump and Pelosi came to an agreement, GOP senators would still need to vote on the package and have it pass.
Some think in preparation for a potential Trump loss next month, McConnell is laying the groundwork to force crippling austerity under a Biden administration, reports Common Dreams.
Mitch McConnell is rushing to steal a Supreme Court seat before the election. Senate Republicans would rather help him do it than help millions of Americans.— Swing Left (@swingleft) October 20, 2020
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