Mitch McConnell: A COVID-19 relief deal is 'unlikely' before Election Day

Written by on October 9, 2020

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After shutting down negotiations over a brand new COVID-19 stimulus bundle, President Trump stated he would go a standalone invoice for $1,200 stimulus checks. USA TODAY

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated he thinks it is unlikely Congress will “rise above” and go any type of coronavirus stimulus laws earlier than the Nov. three election.

Congressional leaders within the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-run Home of Representatives each say one other stimulus bundle is required as People grapple with the well being and financial fallout from the continued pandemic, however they’ve failed to succeed in a compromise. 

The newest thought has been for Congress to go much less expansive, extra focused laws that will ship billions in funds to the struggling airline business and supply one other spherical of $1,200 stimulus checks to People. 

However McConnell expressed doubt that Congress will be capable of comply with something like that, a minimum of not till the election is over. 

“I simply suppose the scenario’s type of murky, and I feel the murkiness is a results of the proximity to the election and all people type of attempting to elbow for political benefit,” he stated. “I might wish to see us rise above that like we did again in March and April, however I feel that is unlikely within the subsequent three weeks.”

McConnell addressed the troubled negotiations throughout a cease Friday morning at Bullitt County EMS in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, the place he took just a little time to thank the primary responders there for his or her service in the course of the pandemic and to spotlight the roughly $2 trillion Coronavirus Support, Aid and Financial Safety, or CARES, Act he helped information via Congress in March.

McConnell additionally dismissed Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that President Donald Trump is unfit to serve and her plan to debate the potential of taking congressional motion regarding the 25th Modification, which offers with the switch of energy from the president to a different official.

“That is absurd. Completely absurd,” he stated. “Proper right here on this final three weeks earlier than the election, I feel these varieties of untamed feedback needs to be largely discounted.”

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Attain reporter Morgan Watkins;:mwatkins@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @morganwatkins26. 

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