Senate GOP Leader McConnell accuses Democrats of seeking 'socialist takeover’

McConnell says Dems using pandemic to help enact federally funded child care, expand health care, and end dependence on fossil fuels. 

Updated: September 20, 2021 - 9:22pm

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) is speaking out against the Democrats’ legislative agenda, calling it a “socialist takeover.”

During a Senate floor statement, McConnell said Democrats have been using the pandemic to help enact federally funded child care, expand health care services, and end dependence on fossil fuels. 

“The reckless taxing and spending spree the Democrats are writing behind closed doors is designed to leave Americans with a socialist country they never voted for. A country that working families in many ways would barely recognize,” McConnell said.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he believes his party’s $3.5 trillion spending legislation will help strengthen the economy.

“Senate Democrats will continue our work to pass historic legislation to strengthen our economy and renew America’s middle class for the 21st century,” Schumer said.

Democrats faced a setback over the weekend after the Senate parliamentarian ruled against an immigration provision attached to the reconciliation bill. 

With the Senate evenly divided, the spending bill could potentially pass without any Republican support.

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