Politics 'He wanted to go home for three weeks': McConnell rips Schumer for attempting to adjourn the Senate without an aid deal
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stepped up attacks on his Democratic counterpart over a failed effort to strike a deal on a new round of coronavirus aid.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, attempted to adjourn the Senate until after the November election in a bid to stop Republicans from confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, which will likely happen by next week.
Schumer made the motion Monday evening even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaged in last-ditch talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on another round of stimulus checks and other critical federal aid.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Amy McGrath was in elementary school when Mitch McConnell was first elected to the Senate. Now, 36 years later, the Democrat who reached her dreams of becoming a military aviator has set her sights on a mission no one else has achieved — ending the Republican leader's career. The retired Marine combat pilot will have to overcome strong headwinds to deny McConnell a seventh term. While many Republican Senate candidates are scrambling to distance themselves from President Donald Trump, McConnell appears to be benefiting from his key role in executing the president's agenda.
“He wanted to go home for three weeks because President Trump will not just cave to the entire Democratic Party platform,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday.
The two leaders have been engaged in finger-pointing over the failed negotiations for new aid, and the partisan battle was amplified by McConnell’s decision to continue with Barrett's confirmation.
Democrats accuse Republicans of refusing to accept a coronavirus aid spending proposal that adequately funds the needs of the states during the coronavirus pandemic.
They believe Barrett’s nomination should be postponed until after the November election at the earliest because Republicans refused to take up former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee ahead of the 2016 election.
One of Kentucky's largest newspapers endorsed Mitch McConnell challenger Amy McGrath
"McConnell purports to care about Kentucky and the country, but time and again, he has chosen the GOP instead," Lexington Herald-Leader's editorial board said."That choice is Amy McGrath, a Democrat challenging longtime incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell," the paper's editorial board wrote in an op-ed. "During his 36 years in office, McConnell has made it perfectly clear that his only passion is the pursuit of power, his own and that of the Republican Party. For that reason alone, we would endorse his opponent.
“This is the most rushed, most partisan, least legitimate Supreme Court nomination process in our nation’s entire history, and it should not proceed,” Schumer said Monday before a failed motion to adjourn the Senate.
Schumer said Republicans have wasted months of floor time by refusing to take up a massive Democratic aid package that would cost at least $2 trillion and as much as $3.7 trillion.
McConnell this week will bring up a $500 billion aid package that nearly all Republicans support. It includes new stimulus checks, additional federal unemployment pay, new loans for small businesses, funding for schools and day cares, and funding for coronavirus testing and treatments.
Democrats say it falls short.
“This is not a serious attempt at pandemic relief,” Schumer said. “It seems to be another attempt at giving Republicans political cover before the election.”
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McConnell says Barrett nomination helped some vulnerable GOP incumbents, gives even odds on holding the Senate .
In an interview, he acknowledged that liberal donors have expanded the map to give Democrats more paths to the majority. McConnell remained bullish that the nomination process helped Republican incumbents in some of the more traditionally conservative states, but he acknowledged that liberal donors to an online portal have expanded the map to give Democrats more paths toward winning the majority.