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Mitch McConnell slams Biden's COVID stimulus as a 'multi-trillion dollar Trojan Horse' and argues it is designed to bail out states and local governments rather than help people

 Mitch McConnell has warned that Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package is a 'multitrillion-dollar Trojan Horse' - insisting that it was not needed, as the economy was going to 'roar back' later in the year regardless.

McConnell, the leader of Republicans in the Senate, addressed his colleagues on Thursday and told of his concerns.

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of COVID being declared a global pandemic, McConnell accused Democrats of wanting 'to sprint in front of the parade and claim credit' for this year's likely economic comeback.

'This wasn't a bill to finish off the pandemic, it was a multitrillion-dollar Trojan horse full of bad old liberal ideas,' the Minority Leader said.

Mitch McConnell, seen in the Senate on Thursday, spoke out against the $1.9 trillion COVID bill

People stand in line outside a New York City food bank on November 20

People stand in line outside a New York City food bank on November 20

McConnell argued that the economy was poised to come 'roaring back', without the bill

McConnell argued that the economy was poised to come 'roaring back', without the bill

'President Biden's own staff keep calling this legislation quote 'the most progressive bill in American history.' Hardly the commonsense bipartisanship that the president promised.'

The bill passed the Senate on Saturday, without a single Republican approving it, before going back to the House for final approval.


Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday, and later that evening delivered his first primetime address, reassuring Americans that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

The legislation is more than twice the size of the $787-billion 2009 American Recovery Act.

It is the latest in a series of such aid packages since last spring that together have provided roughly $4 trillion in assistance for individuals, businesses, states and local governments.

Joe Biden on Thursday night delivered his first prime-time address, discussing COVID relief

Joe Biden on Thursday night delivered his first prime-time address, discussing COVID relief 

Biden held up a card with his daily schedule, on which he writes every day the COVID death toll

Biden held up a card with his daily schedule, on which he writes every day the COVID death toll

McConnell pointed out that much of the money in the new bill went on helping state and local governments.

He said that only about one per cent of the cash would be spent on vaccines and about nine per cent on the healthcare issues.


'The rest of the tab went to things like this – a $350 billion bailout for state and local budgets unrelated to pandemic needs, with strings attached to stop states from cutting taxes on their own citizens down the road,' said McConnell.

'Take the money, you don't get to cut taxes.'

McConnell complained about the 'massive federal school funding' without requiring quick reopening, and new benefits 'with no work requirements whatsoever.'

He was particularly angered by 'agricultural assistance conditioned not on specific financial need but solely on the demographics of the farmer, which some liberal activists are celebrating as reparations.'

McConnell, seen on Thursday with Jim Risch of Idaho, said the COVID bill was wasteful

McConnell, seen on Thursday with Jim Risch of Idaho, said the COVID bill was wasteful

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