The Senate finally passed its $2 trillion coronavirus bill last night, a package that government officials hope will keep businesses and families afloat as the viral pandemic strains the economy to near the breaking point.
Whether the bill—which will send checks to millions of households as well as establish business loans and injections into crucial economic sectors—will be enough to stave the worst of our concerns. Likely, further federal action will be necessary.
In any case, the American people, who continue to shoulder this historic crisis with dignity and grace, deserve to know all the details of this legislation. Hoping to facilitate this dissemination of information, late last night a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) why the vote on the bill began before voters had a chance to find out more about it and before a public debate was held over it. At the same time, lobbyists were made privy to the minutiae.
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“Do you work here?” McConnell sneered back. The reporter replied that she did, at which point the Senate Majority Leader self-righteously proclaimed “Yeah, we are the elected representatives of the American people.”
This disgusting hostility to the press for simply trying to do their jobs is straight out of the Trump playbook and a reminder that ultimately McConnell is every bit as vile as the president, he just usually presents himself differently, preferring to work his destruction of the Republic behind closed doors rather than blasting it out on Twitter.
McConnell has long held the American people in utter disdain and remains in office solely to serve the interests of the super-rich and the corporations that back his elections. It’s perfectly reasonable for Americans to have concerns over the kind of kickbacks and corruption he may have woven into this massive stimulus bill and reporters should be commended for pressing him on the details.
Here's Mitch McConnell responding to a female reporter's extremely straightforward question about the coronavirus bill by condescendingly asking her, "do you work here?" pic.twitter.com/kgZwDJElB1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2020