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Dems’ stimulus package “dramatically more money than is required” – McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has branded President Joe Biden’s $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill as “dramatically more money than is required”, as Democrats pursue their bid to push through the aid package – which includes a third round of stimulus checks – without Republican backing.

“The Democrats continue to try to move ahead with a partisan covid package,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “You know the history, but it’s worth recounting, that every covid package we passed last year, we did on a bipartisan basis. There was almost no opposition to most of those bills, and I was hoping the new administration, particularly given the president discussed so frequently being a moderate, would choose to take a different path.

“Particularly when you look at the numbers: a 50-50 Senate, a narrow majority in the House… I would think looking at that, your conclusion would be: maybe we ought to start on a bipartisan basis. But alas that is not the case.

“As you know, 10 of our member actually went down [to the White House] and met with the president and talked about a more narrow, targeted approach. The message was that they were not interested in doing it that way. They’re going to try to muscle this through on a totally partisan basis.

“And I think I can safely speak for most of my members that we think this is dramatically more money than is required at this particular juncture. It also includes a number of things that have absolutely nothing to do with covid relief. And so it will be controversial.”

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