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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed House Democrats on Thursday for taking “paid leave” during the coronavirus.
“While essential workers across the country continue to clock in, the Democratic House of Representatives has essentially put itself on paid leave for months,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said on the Senate floor. “I understand they’ve convened for legislative session a grand total of two days — two — in the last eight weeks.”
“At this point, I’m wondering if we should send senators over there to collect their newspaper and water the plants,” he added.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer argued the opposite is true, criticizing the Republican leader for not putting any coronavirus legislation on the floor.
“If you looked at our activity in the last three weeks, you’d hardly know that there was a COVID-19 crisis,” the New York Democrat said.
The Senate has held a few coronavirus-related committee hearings over the past month, most recently with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome “Jay” Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
However, Republicans generally have resisted working on any new relief package, save for looking into liability protections for small business owners and healthcare providers.
Mr. McConnell argued it wasn’t just the fact that House members aren’t physically present on Capitol Hill, but that there hasn’t been “any serious discussions” for coronavirus. He dismissed the $3 trillion Democrat-led bill the House passed last week as a mere messaging bill.
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