Mitch McConnell’s New Strategy: ‘Vote No, Give Democrats the Credit’
From the Speaker's Press Office:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried out a new message strategy this week: telling the truth. While speaking in Kentucky, McConnell admitted that the extensive COVID recovery funds benefitting Kentuckians are entirely the work of Democrats:
“[The American Rescue Plan] passed on a straight party-line vote. Not a single member of my party voted for it,” McConnell said. He continued, “So you’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money.”
While giving Democrats all the credit is certainly a bold messaging strategy for the Republican Senate Leader, it’s likely their only option after House and Senate Republicans tried and failed over and over and over again to get away with “voting no but taking the dough.”
America is on track for a historic economic recovery thanks to President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ American Rescue Plan which put money in workers’ pockets and vaccines in arms. If there was any doubt of the ARP’s success, Mitch McConnell put that to rest this week – you know the evidence of Democrats’ success is overwhelming when even Mitch McConnell is giving credit where it’s due for money coming to his home state.
Read key points from HuffPost’s article detailing McConnell’s remarks on the subject below.
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday presented what would seem like good news for the people of his state: Under the American Rescue Plan, Kentucky stands to get $4 billion. Cities and counties are set to gain as much as $800 million to help them recover from the pandemic.
- But he made it clear that he had nothing to do with that money. In fact, he and every other Republican in Congress opposed the American Rescue Plan.
- “This doesn’t make sense. It’s wildly out of proportion to where the country is now,” he said. “Well, it passed on a straight party-line vote. Not a single member of my party voted for it.”
- “So you’re going to get a lot more money,” he added. “I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700 or 800 million. If you add up the total amount that will come into our state ― $4 billion. ... So my advice to members of the legislature and others ― local officials ― is to spend it wisely, because hopefully this windfall doesn’t come along again.”
- The popular American Rescue Plan has presented something of a messaging problem for Republicans. They all voted against it, yet they’re also having to tout its benefits to their constituents back home. Several Republicans have advertised the money their states will get while conveniently not mentioning they opposed the measure.
- White House spokesman Andrew Bates tweeted out McConnell’s comments about the rescue funds, saying he was “absolutely right on all counts here.”