Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday slammed Democrats for blocking narrow coronavirus relief bills in favor of what he called a “multi-trillion-dollar laughingstock” proposal — saying the gridlock could kill small businesses in the final stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic.
McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that a months-long stalemate means businesses may be unable to survive, even with vaccines produced by the companies Moderna and Pfizer nearing approval.
“We might lose the hardest hit small businesses in the homestretch because Democrats have refused to let us continue helping,” he said.
Senate Republicans staged a late October vote on replenishing funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, which gives forgivable loans to businesses for payroll and overhead. McConnell peeled off five Democrats who backed the GOP majority on PPP loans.
McConnell, continuing a long-running blame game, quoted Democratic criticism of the more than $3 trillion HEROES Act that House Democrats passed in