In a new political ad released today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to rewrite the record on the coronavirus relief package and taking credit for measures Democrats had to fight to secure: more unemployment insurance, necessary funding for hospitals and health care workers, and increased small business relief in the final legislation. Before Democrats improved the relief package, McConnell’s plan amounted to a massive giveaway to giant corporations with no real oversight or accountability to taxpayers that contained inadequate relief for unemployed workers, hospitals, small businesses, state governments, and other critical priorities.
Another fact McConnell fails to mention: his votes against expanding paid sick leave and to gut the extension of unemployment insurance benefits for hardworking families in Kentucky and across the country.
“When you look at how out of touch the original proposal from Washington Republicans was, it’s no surprise that Mitch McConnell is so desperate to try to mislead Kentucky voters about his real agenda in Washington,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “McConnell forced two failed partisan votes in the Senate on a GOP plan that fell short on unemployment benefits and protections for workers and did not deliver enough urgent resources for hospitals, while giving a blank check to giant corporations without oversight. That’s not leadership in a crisis — it’s everything that’s wrong with politics in Washington.”
Kentucky is emerging as another problematic defensive liability for Washington Republicans, who are now bleeding resources to save the toxic Majority Leader at the expense of other vulnerable GOP incumbents. Last week, the McConnell-aligned Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund placed nearly $11 million in television ad reservations in Kentucky for the fall — more than SLF plans to spend in Arizona or Maine and twice as much as what is allocated for Colorado.