Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) affirmed his support for American small businesses, and his intent to pass a substantial relief package, on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
McConnell: We need "an historic injection of liquidity and access to credit" for American small businesses— Andrew Quinn (@AndrewCQuinn) March 18, 2020
"Minimize the new bureaucracy so the assistance can flow as fast as possible"
"The Senate is not going to leave small businesses behind."
MCCONNELL said Phase Three would represent a “historic” injection of liquidity.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 18, 2020
.@senatemajldr on 'Phase Two'— David Popp (@davidpopp) March 18, 2020
"Later today, the Senate will vote on a House proposal that seeks to address one small piece of the problem before us"
"I will vote to pass their bill."
.@SenateMajLdr: The men and women who pour their entire lives into small businesses do not need even more new obstacles, They need help. They need a lifeline.— Senator McConnell Press (@McConnellPress) March 18, 2020
They need to know that Congress understands the historic obstacles they are facing, and that we have their back, too.
Leader McConnell originally indicated on Tuesday that he will vote to advance the House’s version of the relief package, but that there will be more “phases” to come in the economic stimulus effort. He encouraged GOP colleagues to do the same:
McConnell says Senate will pass House bill: “We're going to go on and vote as soon as the Senate can get permission to vote on the bill that came over from the House, send it down to the President ... and reassure the people around the country that we can” act in a bipartisan way— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 17, 2020
Despite Democratic fear-mongering, and the narrative that Republicans in the Senate are ignoring the Wuhan virus pandemic, Leader McConnell and the Senate GOP majority have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.