Self-proclaimed grim reaper Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), ignoring the wishes of Donald Trump and the economic pain of millions of Americans, says the White House should not make a deal with Democrats on a new round of federal stimulus payments before the election.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon that the Senate majority leader told Republican colleagues of his position during their weekly luncheon. The WaPo article states: McConnell suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not negotiating in good faith with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and any deal they reach could disrupt the Senate’s plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week.”
Pelosi and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin reportedly spoke for almost an hour on Monday and met again on Tuesday. Although staffers reported that progress was made on the issue of $1,200 stimulus checks, they are still far apart on aid to state and local governments.
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) October 20, 2020
This morning Trump had said he wants Congress to come up with an aid package even larger than what’s been discussed and predicted that he could get his party to back legislation with a price tag of more than $2.2 trillion.
“It’s very simple: I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats. Not every Republican agrees with me, but they will,” Trump said. “They’ll be on board if something comes.” It’s expected that all Senate Democrats would support a new coronavirus stimulus measure, meaning Trump will need 13 Republican senators to go along. Tuesday, however, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he would vote no.