The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is still not up for a Senate vote, despite having been passed by the House on Saturday. Democrats pointed fingers at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the delayed effort, but as more than one Republican has noted, the final House version was not released to the Senate until Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. ET.
That tight timeline, however, did not stop the partisan politics. Indivisible KY is a group that describes itself as part of a national grassroots movement whose goal is to stand "indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress who would do his bidding." The group also prefers to call President Trump "the biggest popular vote loser in history." On Twitter, it accused McConnell of wasting part of his weekend cozying up to his favorite Supreme Court justice instead of taking a vote on the House bill.
This is why he went home. To have a love fest with his buds...oh, and to make calls to senior judges to encourage them to retire. pic.twitter.com/U6Gi2BBmRI— Indivisible KY (@Indivisible_KY3) March 17, 2020
MSNBC's Chris Hayes took the group at its word and pushed the same narrative on his own Twitter page.
This is what McConnell was doing instead of taking up the House Coronavirus aid package. https://t.co/jfy8OilJZ0— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 17, 2020
But the NRSC set him straight. The House bill was under revisions and was not released to the upper chamber until Tuesday morning.
This is why Schumer and candidates like @CaptMarkKelly get away with this lie — because media personalities with big platforms support the misinformation.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 17, 2020
The House Coronavirus aid package got to the Senate *this morning* at 9:45. Somebody please tell Chris. https://t.co/T0q3B7moRn
The Senate got the House bill this morning at 9:45 AM, Chris. He took it up when it actually got there.— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 17, 2020
Either A) you just aren't following this all very closely, or B) you DO know this and are gaslighting your large following.
One of the major hangups for Republicans regarding the Families First Act is how it puts small businesses last. The new mandated paid sick leave would devastate businesses, McConnell predicted.
"In particular, it seems increasingly clear that the House's effort to mandate that small businesses provide new worker benefits, just many small businesses themselves are in major jeopardy of their own, might even be actively harmful unless we urgently address a broader package that includes more and broader small business relief," he wrote in a Tuesday press release.