Democrats’ stimulus package “drastically more money than necessary” – McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill “far more money than necessary.”, as Democrats pursue their bid to pass the aid package, which includes a third round of stimulus checks, without Republican backing.
“Democrats continue to try to go ahead with a partisan covid package,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “You know the story, but it’s worth telling, that every covid package that we passed last year, we did it on a bipartisan basis. There was almost no opposition to most of those bills, and He was hopeful that the new administration, particularly since the president argued so often that he is a moderate, would choose to take a different path..
“Particularly when you look at the numbers: a 50-50 Senate, a narrow majority in the House … I think looking at that, your conclusion would be: maybe we should start bipartisan. But unfortunately, that is not the case.
“As you know, ten of our members went down [to the White House] and he met with the president and talked about a more specific and specific approach. The message was that they weren’t interested in doing it that way. They are going to try to force this on a totally partisan basis..
“And I think I can safely speak for most of my members who We believe that this is much more money than is required at this particular juncture.. It also includes a number of things that have absolutely nothing to do with covid relief. And so it will be controversial. “