McConnell rips Pelosi virus package as ‘parade of absurdities,’ predicts another stimulus

Senate GOP leader says Hugh likelihood that alternate package will pass.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on June 25, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on June 25, 2019
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May 14, 2020 - 9:15pm

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is standing firm against House Democrats' multi-trillion dollar coronavirus package, but he predicted Thursday that Congress will eventually approve a new package to address issues related to the pandemic.

During an interview with Fox News anchor Brett Baier, McConnell called the current Democrat-backed proposal a "parade of absurdities that can hardly be taken seriously."

He said that any upcoming package will not "be a $3 trillion dollar left-wing wish list like the Speaker is apparently gonna try to jam down the throats of her majority either later this week or early next week."

The Senate's top Republican said that the legislation must include coronavirus-related liability protections as organizations begin reopening.

"We can't borrow enough money to prop this economy up indefinitely. We have to begin to engage the economy again," the senator said. "I'm convinced, Brett, that we can do that safely." 

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