McConnell tries to claim credit for coronavirus stimulus bill salvaged by Democrats

McConnell tries to claim credit for coronavirus stimulus bill salvaged by Democrats
Gage Skidmore

Sen. “Moscow” Mitch McConnell wasted nearly two weeks of critical coronavirus response time. He fought tooth and nail against Democrats' efforts to make the bill actually helpful to people in return for the $500 billion slush fund it created for corporations. And now, of course, he is taking all the credit for the bill back home in Kentucky.


“At my direction the Senate stepped up to face this challenge presented by COVID-19," he said in a statement announcing a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website. "We passed a bold plan called the CARES Act to assist families, workers, small businesses and medical professionals. I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available," he crowed, not mentioning how his original, Republican-only bill left out families and workers and communities across the nation.

"We'll win this fight against the Coronavirus because Americans continue finding creative ways to stand united—even if we have to stand six feet apart," he concluded. He stood on the floor just one week ago having an extremely partisan tantrum because Democrats refused to pass his corporate giveaway without adding some help to actual people.

Two weeks he wasted, deciding it was more important to spend a long weekend in Kentucky with Brett Kavanaugh and one of his new, unqualified federal judges, and then another week on crafting a bill he knew wouldn't get Democratic support and certainly wouldn't pass in the House. Because he wanted to be able to point a finger at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and say she was the one who failed the nation. Because he doesn't give a damn how many people get sick and die from coronavirus, not as long as he can keep his Senate majority.

Which is just one more reason we have to take it away from him in November.

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