After 3-months of negotiations, Republicans and Democrats continue to be unable to reach a deal that would put another round of stimulus into an economy struggling to rebound.
“Democrats have been arguing that unless we do everything they want, they won’t even allow to pass things that they agree on,” Senator Mitch McConnell told 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman in an exclusive interview.
The impasse continues just one week ahead of the general election, when the latest jobs report indicates, 12.6 million Americans remain unemployed. The U.S. Department of Labor did however report 661,000 new jobs created during September, resulting in a half a percent drop in the unemployment rate.
“I wanted to make the point, that we think we need another rescue package now,” said Sen. McConnell. “It is a good idea to pass the parts of it we agree on as soon as possible.”
The majority leader referring to the slimmed-down GOP relief bill which Democrats blocked in the Senate, on Wednesday. According to the senator it included funding for schools, hospitals, and small businesses.
“What we put into the half a trillion-dollar bill; that’s a lot of money. The provisions that we put in there are the things Democrats and Republicans already agree on,” said Sen. McConnell.
However, it remains unsupported along with the Senate-passed renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program which is likely to never see the floor of the House.
Senator McConnell indicated that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House can reach an agreement, he would pick up a House-passed relief bill.
“We will certainly take it up,” said Sen. McConnell. “ That hasn’t happened yet.”