(USA Features) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday criticized the chamber’s minority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for engaging in “partisan political attacks” over how best to deal with a potential coronavirus outbreak.
“As the administration did take action, to the apparent puzzlement of basically everyone, including his fellow Democrats, the Democratic Leader began launching partisan political attacks at the White House instead of working together to get this done,” the GOP leader said.
The Kentucky Republican noted further that Schumer urged the funding request, but when the administration submitted one he claimed it was too little, too late.
He said his colleague “continued to move the goal post.”
“It has been a strange and clumsy effort to override normal bipartisan appropriation talks before they even happen,” he said, adding that the coronavirus doesn’t care about partisan politics.
“The Congress must be prepared to work together in a collaborative way,” he said.
McConnell added he hoped the Senate could vote on a funding package to address the outbreak, should one occur, within two weeks.
President Trump has submitted a $2.5 billion emergency funding request that the House is expected to take up first, since spending bills must originate there.