Democrats are refusing to approve a bill to provide coronavirus relief “unless President Trump signs the entire Democratic Party platform into law,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday.
In a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell said that Democrats have rejected one Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) proposal after another because it doesn’t give House Speaker “everything she wants” – like money for abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, illegal aliens and criminals currently in jail:
“In September, Republicans wrote a sweeping proposal to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars for safe schools, unemployment benefits, paycheck protection, and the healthcare fight. Every single Senate Democrat voted to kill it all — except the junior Senator for California, who didn’t vote.
“This has been the dynamic for months now: Republicans trying to pass common-sense policies that Democrats say they support...and Democrats replying that working people can’t get a dime – a dime – unless Speaker Pelosi gets everything she wants.
“We’re talking about silly stuff, Mr. President: Massive tax cuts for rich people in blue states. Stimulus checks for people in our country illegally.
“Wheelbarrows of cash — out of any proportion to COVID needs — for state and city governments that Democrats have mismanaged for decades. Decades.
“Removing long-standing bipartisan Hyde protections that protect taxpayers from funding abortions. Now, I hear they don’t want to renew the PPP unless it sends money to Planned Parenthood and criminals who are literally, currently in prison.
“Let me say that again: They don’t want to renew PPP unless it sends money to Planned Parenthood – and criminals who are literally, currently in prison.”
“These are the kinds of far-left demands over which Democrats have blocked kitchen-table assistance for American families and healthcare support to crush the virus,” McConnell said. “During this historic crisis, the Democratic leaders have elected to deny struggling people the help they need unless President Trump signs the entire Democratic Party platform into law.”