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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/25/2020 10:26 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/25/2020 10:26 PM
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McConnell on Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief: “The Senate Stepped Up” as Senate Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill 96-0

Washington, DC...U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: “It has only been 65 days since the first American tested positive for the new coronavirus on our soil. “In barely two months, this pandemic has upended our nation. “As of this morning, more than 175 million Americans have been advised to remain in their homes. More than half of our people are effectively sheltering in place.





“Hospitals in major cities are pushing capacity. Doctors and nurses are exhausting crucial supplies.

“And if it were not enough for Americans to fight to stay healthy, they are also fighting to keep their paychecks, to keep supporting their families.

“Combating this disease has forced our country to put huge parts of national life on pause and triggered layoffs at a breathtaking pace.

“This strange new reality has forced our nation onto something like a wartime footing.

“A fight has arrived on our shores. We did not seek it. We did not want it. But now, we are going to win it.

“Ten days ago, I laid out four urgent priorities for new Senate legislation to help our nation through this crisis.

“We had to get direct financial assistance to the American people…

“Get historic aid to small businesses to keep paychecks flowing…

“Stabilize key industries to prevent mass layoffs…

“And, of course, flood more resources into the front-line healthcare battle itself.

“One week ago, Senate Republicans laid down an initial proposal that tackled each of these emergency missions.

“Our members put forward bold plans to send cash to households. Stand up historic emergency loans for Main Street. Stabilize key sectors. And put the full might of Congress behind our doctors, nurses, hospitals, healthcare providers, and the race for treatments and vaccines.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our colleagues.

“Our nation needed us to go big, and go fast, and they did.

“The creative policies our chairmen crafted in just a couple days’ time remain the central building blocks of the proposal we will pass today.

“But Republicans knew the nation had no time for conventional political gamesmanship. So the instant we released our first draft, I created a series of bipartisan working groups.

“I asked Republicans and Democrats to work together around the clock to make the bill even better.

“By Sunday, we had an updated proposal that was even stronger and contained even more ideas literally from both sides.

“Republicans and Democrats had worked together to dramatically strengthen and rework unemployment insurance during this crisis.

“We had worked together to make sure lower-income families could receive the full cash assistance. And on and on.

“I will leave it to others to compare the bipartisan Sunday bill to the final version we will pass today and determine whether the last few changes really required or merited these three days of delay, in the face of this worsening crisis.

“But that Washington drama does not matter anymore. The Senate is going to stand together, act together, and pass this historic relief package.

“Struggling Americans are going to go to their mailboxes and find four-figure checks to help with their bills... because the Senate stepped up.

“Many American families who have poured everything into a restaurant, or a shop, or a small manufacturer are going to keep making payroll and keep their businesses alive... because the Senate stepped up.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers in key sectors who might well have been laid off through no fault of their own will instead get to keep their job and continue their career… because the Senate stepped up.

“And for the healthcare heroes who leave their own sleeping children and drive to the hospital for the all-night shift…

“Who spend hour after hour healing the sick, comforting strangers, and literally battling this disease...

“There will be more masks in their supply closets, more funding for their hospitals, and soon, more new treatments to administer to their patients...

“Because the Senate stepped up.

“So today, the Senate will act to help the people of this country weather this storm.

“Nobody thinks legislation can end this. We cannot outlaw this virus.

“And no economic policy could fully end the hardship so long as the public health requires that we put so much of our nation’s commerce on ice.

“This is not even a stimulus package. It is emergency relief.

“No, this fight is not going to be won or lost in Washington D.C. It is the American people who will beat this virus.

“Americans will keep making sacrifices to slow down the spread. Americans will keep pitching in and looking after each other. Americans will keep finding creative ways to stand united — even if they have to stand six feet apart.

“We’ll win this fight because of people like Amy Jean Tyler, a stay-at-home mom in Oldham County, Kentucky, who is leading a drive to sew cotton masks for a local children’s hospital.

“We’ll win this fight because of people like Pastor Grant Hasty in Stearns, Kentucky who’s gathered volunteers to distribute more than 550 homecooked meals.

“We’ll win this fight because of people like Peg Hays, who runs a distillery in Christian County, Kentucky and is temporarily converting her bourbon-making facilities to churn out hand sanitizer.

“We’ll win this fight because national companies are switching production lines to make medical supplies.

“Because our largest high-tech companies are partnering with the government to throw supercomputing power into the race for vaccines.

“We’ll win this fight because of families, neighbors, and church communities that cannot even worship together in person.

“Because of small businesses. Big businesses. Public-health PhDs and local entrepreneurs.

“It has been 18 years since every American was united in amazement and prayer as firefighters and first responders rushed into burning buildings on September 11th, 2001.

“In the coming days and weeks, our nation is going to meet new heroes.

“Many may be police, firefighters, and EMTs once again.

“Many others will be truck drivers, grocery-store clerks, and pharmacists who literally keep our supply chains running.

“Utility workers and delivery drivers who leave their homes so everyone else can remain in theirs.

“Teachers who somehow manage to keep educating their students over the Internet while looking after their own kids at the same time.

“And most of all, we’re going to meet a whole lot of American heroes who wear scrubs, and masks, and gloves.

“Heroes who rush toward the sick, and wash their hands until they bleed, and work around the clock to heal our friends and our families.

“When our nation comes through this and takes flight again on the other side, it will be because American heroes won this fight.

“All the Senate can do is give them the resources to do it.

“So that’s exactly what we are going to do today.”

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Posted on: 2020-03-25 23:13:35   By: Anonymous
 
I like his tie.

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    Posted on: 2020-03-25 23:16:53   By: Anonymous
     
    I wish you had a life. I really do wish that.

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Posted on: 2020-03-26 07:10:38   By: Anonymous
 
Thank you Mr President, no one could of done this but you, and that's been proven. The last Administration did nothing in 2009 until over 1000 babies, toddlers, teens and adults died when the swine flu hit our country.
But please note, the Dems still will stab you in the back, when you least expect it. Since before you even won the election the back stabbers have been trying to remove you. If only the Dems worked for the American people for a change instead of themselves. Isn't it amazing what greed has done to the Dems, how pathetic they've become.
Stay safe America.

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    Posted on: 2020-03-26 07:30:08   By: Anonymous
     
    This bill was passed after the Dems stood strong against the Trump administration and refused to let untold Billions be given to Trumps Nazi Manuchin, and then be used "However he sees fit". In other words, give it to the Chevrons, Wells Fargos, MiraLagos of the world. This bill is mostly for the small businesses and the working class, of America. The Trump version put much more money into big businesses pockets. That is the truth. Next up? Get Trump to STFU and let the CDC do its job.

    Thanks you Democrats. Signed, an Independent.

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      Posted on: 2020-03-26 07:32:08   By: Anonymous
       
      ^^P.S. Fukc McConnel

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      Posted on: 2020-03-26 10:40:36   By: Anonymous
       
      Has it ever occurred to you that those evil corporations employ millions of people? Many of them union members?

      You must be a Bernshevik.

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    Posted on: 2020-03-26 09:10:08   By: Anonymous
     
    That post is clearly election propaganda. Some kind of bot or robo post. Facts are clear.

    Trump gutted our pandemic prevention programs and teams.

    He refused to head warnings of national security officials who begged him to prepare for a pandemic.

    Trump said he was good at science .

    Trump said it would go away in very short time.

    Trump has failed to help states who begged for help that trump could provide.

    Trump refuses to order companies to provide necessary equipment to deal with the problem.

    Trump now is proposing to open the country to business despite national security officials, ignoring the certain massive deaths, that would result.

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      Posted on: 2020-03-26 09:33:52   By: Anonymous
       
      HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ANY OF US! Only his self interests, including Putin, his punk sons wealth, and his incestuous daughter next plastic surgery to make her more attractive to him.

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        Posted on: 2020-03-26 10:44:22   By: Anonymous
         
        If I was as miserable as the libiots that post here I would kill myself. Is life really that bad because Trump won and Hillary lost? Go ahead, do it, there's some Drano under the sink. And don't use a a plastic straw.

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