McConnell as 'Angry' as the Press Has Ever Seen Him on the Senate Floor
But the fiercest response came from the Senate Majority Leader himself. Despite his own serious qualms about Phase Two of Congress's coronavirus response last week, Mitch McConnell and his GOP colleagues gagged and voted for it anyway (his words). Why, he wondered, couldn't Pelosi do the same courtesy for Part Three?It is unbelievable that Democrats would stall the relief bill. Senate Democrats have written many sections of the economic relief bill already - Now they are holding hostage critical support to combat the COVID19 pandemic for more demands. We need to get aid moving quickly.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) March 22, 2020
"It was just a few days ago when this Republican Senate majority moved expeditiously to pass the House Democrats’ 'phase two' legislation, even though many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle and I had serious reservations and would have written it differently," McConnell said. "Nevertheless, I pushed the Speaker’s legislation through the Senate. Because urgency and results matter during a national crisis. Because, imperfections notwithstanding, it was the right thing to do for our country. So I hope and anticipate that a similar degree of bipartisanship and urgency will be reciprocated now."
When McConnell reacted on the Senate floor, some veteran reporters said that it was the angriest they've ever seen him.
You can see for yourself. Either I'm imagining it or his cheeks got really red.McConnell tears into Democrats on the floor. Specifically calls out Pelosi. Rare to see that on the floor, As angry as we’ve ever seen him on the floor.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 22, 2020
The notion that we have time to play games here..is utterly absurd
"This obstruction achieves nothing!" McConnell fumed. "Nothing whatsoever."WATCH this speech— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 22, 2020
Democrats blocked a vote to give the Senate *30 more hours* to negotiate
"At a time when the country is crying out for bipartisanship," Pelosi shut it all down
"We were doing just fine until that intervention"
Where is the media?pic.twitter.com/7viqrzkOFE
McConnell said he's scheduling another vote on the measure at a time of his choosing, and he "hopes that some adults show up on the side of the room."
Trump was asked to respond to the stalled vote during Sunday's White House press briefing.
"To me, it's not that complicated," he said. "We have the help the worker. We have to save the companies."