McConnell: Dems Trying to ‘Incentivize’ Unemployment in Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill

Andrew Cummings
May 23, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggested another coronavirus stimulus package is "not too far off" Thursday, which could include more funding for states as they begin slowly reopening. After the Senate chose to take a "pause" on new pandemic proposals, senators faced mounting pressure to act before leaving town for a weeklong Memorial Day break. Cory Gardner of Colorado, pledged to try to prevent the Senate from recessing unless it votes on more aid, particularly to states and cities facing layoffs.

McConnell said he won't support extending the temporary unemployment insurance benefit to an additional $600 per week.

"In a time when the threats to our nation are many and varied, it is critical to have a Senate-confirmed DNI ensuring the wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities, and working in the furtherance of our nation's security using 21st century, cutting-edge capabilities", Mr. Rubio said, adding that he is "confident" Mr. "It won't be a $3 trillion left-wing wish list as it passed the House". "And across the rotunda, in the House?"

The different approaches were on display throughout the Senate's side of the Capitol complex - in the Senate chamber, its committee rooms, even its private caucus meetings. Senators confirmed a new Federal Election Commission member and is on track to confirm four federal judges. It confirmed several of Trump's executive and judicial nominees, including John Ratcliffe on Thursday as director of national intelligence.


He forcefully questioned former special counsel Robert Mueller past year when Mueller testified about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted to issue a subpoena for its investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, though there's no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden. On Tuesday, Republicans released a January 2017 memo that Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, wrote to herself documenting a sensitive conversation about Flynn and his Russian contacts that she participated in earlier in the month with Obama and then-FBI Director James Comey.

"This pandemic is the biggest crisis our country has faced since this committee was created", said Sen.

In addition, the DNI is encountering ongoing political pressure, including from Republicans in Congress, to declassify and make public information from the Russian Federation investigation that Trump allies hope will cast senior Obama administration officials - including former vice president and 2020 opponent Joe Biden - in a negative light. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. "You made the decision to force a vote on a purely political matter that will do absolutely nothing for those at risk of contracting COVID-19".


Trump arrived on Capitol Hill for an impromptu visit to the Senate Republican lunch Tuesday that quickly turned to politics.

Even behind closed doors, the differences can be seen and heard. The president promoted his own poll numbers and implored his allies to "be tough" as they fight for their jobs this fall.

And he knocked how the Democrats now work, criticizing their rule change to allow remote voting for the first time ever and charging that they're trying to solve a pandemic by giving one person multiple votes. That would affect institutions ranging from schools to local governments to hospitals. But Democrats have been sceptical that he will serve with the independence they say is crucial for the job.

Republicans are hopeful that as states reopen, the economy will improve, lessening the need for more federal funds.


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