Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried out a bizarre lie to blame Democrats for his failure to pass a new round of coronavirus relief for the American people.
Not long after adjourning the Senate for a three day weekend, and therefore allowing unemployment benefits for millions of Americans to expire, McConnell laughingly tried to in the blame on the Democrats by claiming they wanted a tax cut for the rich that Republicans opposed.
Republicans tried several ways to extend unemployment benefits. Democrats blocked them all. They’re refusing any more COVID relief for anyone unless they get a massive tax cut for rich people in blue states.
The country can’t afford this cynicism. Americans need help now.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 31, 2020
Never mind that Democrats did no such thing, since when have Republicans ever refused to pass a tax cut for the wealthy?
And that’s why Americans called bullsh*t.
Nice try. Republicans own this.
— Brittany (@britknee_00) July 31, 2020
YOU ARE STONEWALLING LEGISLATION FOR NO GOOD REASON OTHER THAN POLITICAL THEATER.
Pass the HEROES ACT. YOU HAD TWO MONTHS TO NEGOTIATE.
— ✊? (remote) •••••• •••••••• (@iam_sysop) July 31, 2020
I thought you liked tax cuts?
— Retired Navy (@RetiredNavy007) July 31, 2020
— Autarkh (@Autarkh) July 31, 2020
Hey Mitch The bill has been on your desk for ten weeks you found urgency when you saw your majority slipping away
— O’s Girl (@terrij68) July 31, 2020
You wanted to wait and see, Democrats put together a plan 3 months ago. YOU OWN THIS
— Irishrygirl (@irishrygirl) July 31, 2020
Mitch McTurtle working as fast as he can…. pic.twitter.com/DMLcYbNkPG
— Scott’svotingblue (@ScottGeddes9) August 1, 2020
The House passed a bill in May and sent it to the Senate. You’ve been sitting on the bill for months. You didn’t even show up for negotiations with Pelosi, Schumer, Mnuchin and Meadows. Yesterday, #MoscowMitch adjourned the Senate for another 3-day weekend. – Evil!
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) July 31, 2020
Republicans sat on the bill passed by the @HouseDemocrats months ago. They sat back, waited until the 11th hour and then tried to force feed the @SenateDems @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer their version of a Covid help bill.
— A Blue Dot in Oklahoma ??❄ (@DanielaChapma15) July 31, 2020
In fact, House Democrats passed a bill known as the HEROES Act months ago that McConnell has been refusing to pass this whole time because he’s Grim Reaper of the Senate. The bill would have created a second round of stimulus and would have extended unemployment benefits, all while not including the wasteful military spending Republicans added to their own bill.
McConnell’s attempt to blame Democrats backfired, and not passing this bill will backfire in November.
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