McConnell: Democrats' '$3 Trillion Left-Wing Wish List' Won't Be in the Stimulus Bill
Senator says the next coronavirus relief package won't be stuffed with radical policy
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it clear that the next stimulus bill won't be the "$3 trillion left-wing wish list" proposed by the Democrats.
Speaking Thursday with Martha MacCallum on Fox News's "The Story," Sen. McConnell said the Senate is "not quite ready to intelligently" craft the next coronavirus stimulus package yet.
He added that "it's not too far off," however.
"The [CARES] Act, which passed a month or so ago on a bipartisan basis, only about half of that money has gone out yet," McConnell said.
"I think there's a high likelihood we will do another rescue package, but we need to be able to measure the impact of what we've already done, what we did right, what we did wrong [and] correct that," McConnell explained.
"Let me tell you what it won't be."
"It won't be a $3 trillion left-wing wish list as it passed the House," McConnell added.
The majority leader went on to say that lawmakers "need to work smart here, help the people who are desperately in need, try to save as many jobs as possible and begin to open up the states, which are decisions by the governors that are going on all over America now and get this economy growing again."
With that in mind, McConnell said any new stimulus package would not include enhanced unemployment benefits.
"The problem was by paying people more not to work than to work, it's making it difficult to get people back to work," McConnell told MacCallum.
"You can understand that," he added.
"We do need to continue unemployment insurance, [it's] extremely important at a time like this.
"But to pay people more not to work than to work doesn't encourage resuming your job.
"And that will end in July. And we think that in order to create jobs, we need to incentivize people to go back to work, not encourage them to stay home."
The senator also reemphasized the need for businesses to receive liability protections in any future stimulus.
"You're going to have liability protection in there so that people or the plaintiffs' lawyers are prevented from stealing, in effect, all of this public money we're sending down to hospitals and doctors and non-profits as a result of the coronavirus," McConnell told MacCallum.
"And so that's one of our red lines, that the next bill will need to have liability protection in there just to cover narrowly cover the coronavirus, not anything else."
McConnell also responded to criticism that such liability provisions would shield nursing homes and care facilities where coronavirus victims died from legal action
"Well, the answer is it wouldn't protect any nursing home from a gross negligence or intentional misbehavior [claim]," McConnell said.
"So it's not an absolute protection against any kind of behavior.
"So those kinds of lawsuits would still lie."