Millbank: McConnell ‘Helps’ Working Families by Killing Coronavirus Relief

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Reprinted from The Washington Post by Dana Milbank on October 21, 2020.

“The Trump administration and House Democratic leaders are in striking range of a deal to send $1,200 stimulus checks to American families and to pump $2 trillion into the flagging economy,“ writes Dana Milbank in The Washington Post.

“But Rich Mitch is having none of it.

“As The Post reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) — anti-Trump Republicans have taken to calling him ‘Rich Mitch’ because of his $34 million net worth — told Republican colleagues Tuesday that he had warned the White House not to strike an agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on a coronavirus relief package before the November 3 election.

“Who cares if tens of millions of Americans are in increasingly desperate straits? Even if negotiators reach agreement despite McConnell’s sabotage, he refused to commit to voting on it before the election.

“Then, on Wednesday, McConnell had the chutzpah to stand on the Senate floor and claim he was looking out for the little guy. ‘Maybe coastal elites who can practically find a million dollars in their couch cushions are indifferent about whether we get an outcome here,’ he said, alleging that ‘blue-state billionaires’ are Democrats’ top priority — not ‘working families like the Kentuckians I represent.’ …

The Washington Post 10/21

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