December 2, 2020 - Douglas Myser

Mitch McConnell holding up stimulus. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin has accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of "holding the nation hostage" over a further COVID-19 stimulus package as she called for more relief to be signed off on. It has been nearly eight months since the last such bill, the CCARES Act, was signed off--with an ongoing stalemate surrounding more measures being approved. Democrat figureheads have called for McConnell to negotiate further to facilitate a bipartisan deal, with plans thus far having failed to garner enough cross party support to make their way through both the House and the Senate. McConnell has looked to shift the blame for this to Democrats, who have rejected slimmed down deals, though they have criticized his lack of compromise. Mitch McConnell holding up stimulus.

In comments reported Durkin said: "The person who s holding up right now is Mitch McConnell. "It's a single individual, from Kentucky who is holding the whole nation hostage. I think it's unforgivable". Regarding what Congress should do, she called upon lawmakers to "push it through," referring to a fresh package of stimulus measures. Outlining who she feels needs more support, she said "It's small businesses, people who are trying to make the mortgage for small businesses and keep their workers on the payrolls.  "That's where we need help right now, and the sooner they can get it, the sooner our city and every other city across America will be better."

It recent comments, having been asked to partake in further talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, McConnell said "Republicans have tried for weeks to pass another targeted rescue package. It would send hundreds of billions of dollars to schools, unemployment aid, and another round of the Paycheck Protection Program, and healthcare. Democrats repeatedly blocked it all. Let's hope they let us make law soon." Demands from both sides have led to the impasse.