McConnell Says Senate GOP Will Fight Biden’s Stimulus Plan in Every Way

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged Tuesday that Republicans will fight the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan “in every way that we can.” He spoke Tuesday in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other senior members of the Democratic caucus are expressing confidence their members will unify behind a Covid-19 aid package that will clear the Senate before the week is out, then win final approval in the House.

“It’s an enormously important piece of legislation,” said Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. “I think everybody understands that and we’re working with the White House.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer predicted that the Senate’s version of the pandemic-relief bill would have little problem getting through his chamber, where Democrats can only afford to lose five votes if all Republicans stick together in opposition.

“It’s going to pass when it comes back” from the Senate, Hoyer said Tuesday. “I can’t believe any amendment the Senate could adopt” would be “so egregious” that House Democrats wouldn’t vote for it, he said.

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