(USA Features) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted Democrats Thursday for “wasting” an entire week sitting out of session during the mounting coronavirus crisis.
Rather, he said, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should have kept her chamber in session so lawmakers could craft a relief bill as millions of Americans lose their jobs over coronavirus-related business closures.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” McCarthy predicted that the lower chamber would pass a $2 trillion relief bill — the largest in U.S. history — passed Wednesday evening by the Senate.
That said, he noted that lawmakers want time to read the massive 880-plus page legislation before voting, which will likely occur Friday.
“But the floor will look different,” he noted. “Remember where we are today. We have a number of members who have the virus on both sides of the aisle. We have a number of members who are quarantined.
“We have challenges for flying here because some flights are being canceled. So, you might not have the full body. But, you want to make sure you have the debate and those constituents have their voices,” he added.
“Unfortunately, we have wasted this entire week because the Democrats wanted to put in their election law changes, bail out pensions, put [in] the Green New Deal,” added McCarthy, pointing a finger at Pelosi.
“We were able to keep that out, but they did put [in] some more funding for things that don’t deal with coronavirus. But, we will still get this package that is needed for the hospitals, for the small businesses, to keep people employed — that’s the key part here,” he added.