CORONAVIRUS

Stimulus Check: what did McConell say about the Democratic proposals?

Mitch McConnell accused the Democrats of playing ‘Goldilocks games’ with coronavirus relief and urged them to compromise in the search for a deal.

Stimulus Check: what did McConell say about the Democratic proposals?

As the quest to seek an agreement between both US parties over a new stimulus package goes on, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday accused the Democrats of playing "Goldilocks games" with a potential relief package by repeatedly refusing to agree to any bill.

After a second Republican attempt to present a amended version of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act signed into law earlier in the year during the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States met with short shrift from leading Democrat negotiators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Tuesday.

McConnell frustration

McConnell delivered the address in the US Senate after the return to activity after the summer recess as little advance is forthcoming as politicians strive to secure a economic package that would assist Americans suffering from the impact of the pandemic with unemployment numbers rising as the country attempts to re-open business and schools after the summer holiday period.

"The Democratic leaders have spent months playing these Goldilocks games," McConnell said Tuesday. "They've complained about every single thing we put forward. But they've produced nothing of their own with any chance whatsoever of becoming law."

"Senators will not be voting on whether this targeted package satisfies every one of their legislative hopes and dreams," McConnell added. "That's not what we will do in this chamber. We vote on whether to make laws, whether to forge a compromise, whether to do a lot of good for the country and keep arguing over the remaining differences later."

Strategy to oust Trump

McConnell also stated that Democrats had been stalling negotiations with a view to political gain as Joe Biden seeks to oust President Donald Trump from the White House when Americans go to the ballot boxes in November. “They do not want American families to see any more bipartisan aid before the polls close on President Trump’s re-election,” the Senate Majority leader said in a statement.

Follow live US coverage of the coronavirus crisis

You can stay up to date with the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis with our US-focused live blog.