Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his caucus “that he has warned the White House not to make a big stimulus deal before the election” for fear it would “disrupt the Senate’s plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week” according to the Washington Post. Despite reports that coronavirus cases and jobless claims are rising, and that vulnerable Senate Republicans were “beginning to fret” about facing constituents in the final weeks of the election after failing to deliver much-needed relief, not one is demanding McConnell act on relief.
After letting emergency unemployment aid expire in July, Senate Republicans have taken a month-long vacation, pushed a stunt bill that even President Trump said didn’t meet Americans’ needs, and turned their backs on the millions of Americans who desperately need help. Instead, they’ve decided to focus on rushing through their Supreme Court nominee who is hostile to the Affordable Care Act in time to seat her on the court before oral arguments in the GOP lawsuit to strike down the entire ACA a week after Election Day.
“More families are losing their homes, more workers are losing their jobs, and more children are going hungry, but Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are focused on ramming through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court who could gut protections for pre-existing conditions in the middle of a pandemic,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “The fact that not a single Senate Republican is willing to stand up to McConnell and demand additional urgent relief for the American people shows that Republicans’ number one priority is still to repeal the health care law by any means necessary, even at the expense of helping their constituents get through a crisis.”
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