Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) visited Owensboro, Kentucky on Thursday to talk about vaccine distribution and COVID-19 relief for the Commonwealth.
Sen. McConnell spoke at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Thursday, where he was joined by OHRH officials and community leaders to discuss the response to the pandemic.
Sen. McConnell said he thought federal COVID-19 relief was justified in 2020 but expressed concerns over the national debt on Thursday following the passing of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in 2021.
"After what we did last year, we now have a national debt of $27 trillion, which is the same size as our economy," Sen. McConnell said. "That's only happened one other time during American history, and that was during World War II."
McConnell says he believes the American Rescue Plan spent U.S. dollars on things "unrelated to the current crisis," and that it was signed by President Biden with "no republican support in the House or the Senate" because it was "anchored in conditions a year ago rather than currently."
"1% of the $1.9 trillion is for vaccines. 9% of the $1.9 trillion is for healthcare," he stated. "The rest of it, arguably, is unrelated to the condition we find ourselves in now."
You can view Sen. McConnell's full conference at OHRH by clicking here.