WATCH: Manchin And McConnell Spar Over COVID-19 Relief
For over a week, the members of the United States Senate have argued over how to disburse money to the American public. While both sides agree that the cash needs to get into the people’s hands, there are plenty of arguments over the nuances of the agreement.
Mitch McConnell, in his role of Senate Majority Leader, oversaw the arguments from the floor on Monday. During the process, McConnell engaged in a shouting match with West Virginia Democrat, Joe Manchin, who accused him of caring more about Wall St. than American people.
McConnell blamed Democrats for the funding bill’s failure to pass. Taking exception, Manchin replied:
“You can throw all the money at Wall Street you want to. People are afraid to leave their homes. They’re afraid of the health care. I’ve got workers who don’t have masks. I’ve got health care workers who don’t have gowns. And it looks like we’re worried more about the economy than we are the health care and the well-being of the people of America.”
An irritated McConnell responded, “The American people are waiting for us to act today! We don’t have time for this! We don’t have time for it!”
After a back and forth, Manchin told the Senate Majority Leader, “It seems like we’re talking about everything else about the economy versus the health care. That doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. It seems like we’re more concerned about the health care of Wall Street. That’s the problem that I’ve had on this.”
Watch a video of the exchange below: