McConnell: 'I Wish Nancy Would Turn Off All These Political Talking Points'

By Susan Jones | March 27, 2020 | 5:47am EDT
It's all about politics for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
It's all about politics for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "I wish Nancy would turn off all those political talking points," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Thursday evening.

He was reacting to Speaker Pelosi's recent claims that, "When this bill was introduced by Senator McConnell, it was corporate down. Now it is worker up. And that's the difference between us."

At her weekly press conference on Thursday, Pelosi said she's "very proud" of the bill passed by the Senate, after "we did jujitsu on it," taking it from a "corporate-first proposal that the Republicans put forth in the Senate to a workers-first, democratic workers-first legislation."

McConnell told Fox News, "An awful lot of Americans work for big companies. So we didn't want to exclude the employees simply because of the size of their employer. She knows better than that. And that's just the kind of thing that she routinely says.

“I hope it comforts her members, because I certainly want them to take up and pass this bill that not a single Republican in the Senate opposed.”

Pelosi already is talking about the next bill, one that picks up where the $2.2 trillion relief measure leaves off.

She and other Democrats see these emergency bills as vehicles to push unrelated Democrat agenda items.

Pelosi gave a hint of that on Thursday, saying "there's so many things" Democrats didn't get in the first three bills arising from the coronavirus pandemic:

"So the next step would be, among other things, we want to have...better definition of who qualifies for family medical leave."

Pelosi also wants an expanded food stamp program; more money for state and local governments; free medical care for people who take free coronavirus tests and receive a positive diagnosis; statehood for the District of Columbia; and money for pension stabilization.

McConnell agreed, "We have a pension problem, but it's not related to the coronavirus. That's why it's not in the bill," he said.

"The emergency bills that we might have to pass in the future need to be related to the subject, and that was a problem here, that some of the elbowing was going on when the Speaker came back from California and tried to get involved in the talks on the Senate bill, by suggesting a number of things that were completely unrelated to the...coronavirus crisis but more related to Democratic policy agenda.

“So, we're not going to use these virus relief bills as a way to pass the Democratic policy proposals. That's not what this emergency is about.”


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