Mitch McConnell

‘Stop Helping Trump Sabotage Our Democracy’: McConnell Urged to Call Senate Back and Pass House Bill Reversing DeJoy Mail Changes

Following the House’s passage over the weekend of legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, progressive advocacy groups are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “stop playing politics with our right to vote” and immediately call his chamber back from recess to approve the bill. “President …

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‘Responsible for National Collapse’: RNC Greeted With Projections Condemning Republicans for Abandoning Jobless Workers

On the eve of the 2020 Republican National Convention, a progressive advocacy group representing 15,000 unemployed workers on Sunday projected onto a Charlotte, North Carolina hotel the photos and stories of jobless workers struggling to meet basic needs after the GOP allowed the $600-per-week unemployment benefit boost to expire last month, slashing the incomes of …

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Democrats Demand McConnell Bring Senate Back Into Session to ‘Protect USPS and Our Election’

After Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday she was calling members back from recess to Washington, D.C. early to address the “devastating effects” of President Donald Trump’s efforts to “sabotage” the November election by using the United States Postal Service to disenfranchise voters, Democrats in the upper chamber urged GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

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‘Morally Obscene,’ Says Sanders as McConnell Adjourns Senate for Month-Long Recess Without Deal on Coronavirus Relief

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the U.S. Senate for the rest of August on Thursday after failing to come anywhere close to approving another Covid-19 relief package, leaving tens of millions of out-of-work, hungry, and eviction-prone Americans without additional financial aid as the pandemic and economic crisis continue with no end in sight. “During …

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‘Executive Order Stunt No Substitute for Real Relief,’ Says Progressives of Legally Dubious Trump Proposal

“An executive order stunt is no substitute for real relief that meets the scale of the economic and public health crisis that is currently facing Americans. It is shameful that Senate Republicans and the president are refusing to work to pass the HEROES Act on behalf of the American people.” “It has been 84 days …

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Warning of GOP Voter Suppression, Progressives Urge Democrats to Reject Any Covid-19 Deal Without Election Assistance

Progressive voting rights groups are calling on Democrats in Congress to refuse to cut a deal on any Covid-19 relief proposal without money for election assistance, warning that exclusion of the funding could suppress turnout in November. “If Republicans believe we can afford $8 billion for defense contractors and nearly $2 billion to remodel the …

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Critics Warn Against McConnell’s ‘Craven’ Push to Immunize Corporate Criminals

As Congressional negotiations continue over the next Covid-19 stimulus legislation, workers’ rights advocates have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to corporate immunity provisions pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an imaginary epidemic of lawsuits than he is about the real life pandemic hurting the country,” Rob …

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‘The Clock Is Ticking’: Bernie Sanders Calls on Senate to Act Quickly on Covid Relief Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday added to a growing chorus of progressive voices demanding the Senate act with urgency to pass a coronavirus relief bill that addresses the economic crisis sparked by the pandemic by providing an extension in a federally funded boost in unemployment benefits and other aid.  “The clock is ticking,” the Vermont …

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“They’re Playing With Us”: Anger With GOP Growing as $600 Unemployment Benefit Lapses

Americans angry with inaction from Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump on extending $600 a week unemployment benefits are accusing the government of not living up to its responsibility to care for the public during the Covid-19 pandemic as the boost in aid expired Friday. “In the middle of this pandemic they’re playing with us,” said Candida …

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‘Indefensible and Disgusting’: Senate Departs for 3-Day Weekend as Unemployment Benefits Expire for 30 Million

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has adjourned for a three-day weekend as enhanced unemployment payments are officially set to lapse on Friday, guaranteeing that tens of millions of Americans will see their incomes drop by 50-75% with another rent payment due in 24 hours. The Senate’s departure followed a long day of jockeying and blame-hurling on …

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GOP Condemned for ‘Playing With the Lives of 30 Million People’ as Economic Recovery Sputters and Benefits Expire

On May 11, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he had “not yet felt the urgency” of passing another Covid-19 relief package despite skyrocketing unemployment claims and warnings of a prolonged economic recession. Now, more than two months later, persistent inaction by the Republican-controlled Senate has pushed 30 million Americans to the brink …

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‘Voters Will Know Who to Blame’: Poll Shows At Least 7 in 10 Americans Support $1 Trillion State and Local Aid GOP Refuse to Provide

Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want the federal government to provide a trillion dollars for state and local aid in the next Covid-19 relief package, according to new polling, raising the stakes even higher for congressional lawmakers as they work on reconciling House and Senate bills. The poll, which was conducted by Public Policy …

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“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”: GOP Under Fire for Slipping $30 Billion Pentagon Gift Into Coronavirus Bill

In a floor speech late Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the GOP’s newly released coronavirus stimulus package as a “carefully tailored” plan to provide financial relief to desperate Americans. But a look at the legislative text (pdf) released by Senate Republicans shows the HEALS Act is replete with massive gifts to the Pentagon …

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Senate GOP Slammed for Allowing Eviction Moratorium to Expire, Putting Millions of US Families at Risk During Covid-19 Crisis

Housing and human rights advocates on Saturday slammed the Republican-controlled Senate for skipping town and allowing a federal moratorium on evictions to expire, putting millions of households across the country at risk for losing their homes in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “As a result of the Senate’s failure to act, then leaving …

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‘This Whole House of Cards Is Gonna Collapse’: GOP Shutters Senate With US on Verge of Economic Catastrophe

As Senate Republicans headed home for the weekend without extending unemployment insurance benefits or approving other economic relief programs that could help millions of Americans weather the ongoing financial catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic, progressives and congressional Democrats warned that disaster is on the horizon. “This whole house of cards is going to collapse,” Rep. …

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Showing ‘Contempt for the American People,’ GOP Floats Slashing Boosted Unemployment Payments to $100 Per Week

With the final boosted unemployment check set to go out in just three days barring an unlikely last-minute extension by Congress, Senate Republicans are reportedly considering a proposal to slash the $600-per-week benefit boost to $100—a cut that would drastically reduce the incomes of 30 million Americans and potentially cause massive job loss. First reported …

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McConnell Laughs When Asked If Covid-19 Bill Will Pass by End of Next Week—When Unemployment Benefits Expire for 30 Million

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laughed Tuesday when asked whether he expects Congress to pass coronavirus relief legislation by the end of next week, when enhanced unemployment benefits are set to expire for around 30 million Americans who were thrown out of work by the pandemic-induced economic crisis. “We had months to get this done, …

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Progressives Demand Democrats Reject ‘Outright Shameful’ GOP Plan to Raid Social Security and Cut Unemployment Benefits

Progressives demanded that Democratic congressional leaders forcefully oppose the Senate GOP’s coronavirus stimulus legislation after new reporting Monday revealed the package is likely to include a payroll tax cut, a reduction in enhanced unemployment payments, conditions on school funding, and little aid to state and local governments. “After weeks of sitting on their hands and …

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‘Congress Must Oppose This Dangerous Proposal’: Draft of McConnell Corporate Immunity Plan Sparks Alarm

Consumer and workers’ rights advocates are warning that new details of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits show just how far the Republican leader is willing to go to ensure corporations are not held accountable for endangering public health and safety. “The Senate’s rabid desire to shield corporations from …

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Bolstering Case for Extending Unemployment Relief—and Higher Wages Overall—Study Shows Recipients Spent More During Pandemic

A new study published Thursday reveals that the federal government’s unemployment boost of $600 a week for Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic helped reduce the nation’s economic crash, making the case for extending the benefit as mass joblessness persists. According to the study, the extra boost in benefits allowed households …

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McConnell Corporate Immunity Demand Condemned as ‘License to Turn Storefronts and Factories and Offices Into Death Traps’

Shielding corporations from lawsuits by customers and workers who contract Covid-19 on the job is reportedly the top priority for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heading into negotiations over the next economic stimulus package. But consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in an issue brief (pdf) Thursday that the supposed “epidemic” of litigation McConnell …

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‘The Real Fiscal Cliff’: McConnell Drags His Feet as 30 Million Are Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits in 10 Days

The $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits that more than 30 million laid-off Americans are relying on to endure the coronavirus-induced recession is set to expire in just 10 days without action from Congress—but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be in no hurry to negotiate a solution. With the Senate currently on …

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‘Protect Our Democracy Before It’s Too Late’: Groups Demand Senate Cancel Recess and Pass Election Funding

More than 30 progressive advocacy groups on Friday published an open letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately end the upper chamber’s recess and pass $3.6 billion in election assistance funding to ensure states have sufficient resources to hold safe and fair elections come November. “With over 130,000 Americans dead and cases …

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Cementing GOP Takeover of Courts, Senate Confirms ‘Anti-Voting Rights Extremist’ as Trump’s 200th Federal Judge

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday confirmed Mississippi Judge Cory Wilson to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, handing President Donald Trump his 200th successful judicial appointment and further cementing the right-wing takeover of America’s federal court system. “While the people demand policing reform and relief from the Covid-19 …

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Corporate Interests Nervous as Progressive Democrats Surge Ahead of NY and Kentucky Primaries

Three progressive Democrats are poised for big, establishment shaking wins in Tuesday’s primary elections in New York and Kentucky, leading corporate interests and big money donors to pour millions into stopping a new wave of left-wing lawmakers from taking office. Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones in New York and Charles Booker in Kentucky are each …

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