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McCarthy: Democrats voted against COVID relief at least 40 times

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 09, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:30 PM PT – Thursday, December 3, 2020

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continues to hammer Democrats over their inaction of coronavirus relief. During his weekly press conference on Thursday, McCarthy said Democrats have voted against virus relief at least 40 times.

He also signaled Republicans are against a new bipartisan compromise bill that would provide $900 billion in funding as a starting point for future relief talks.

Instead, McCarthy supports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to tie relief funding to Congress’s year-end budget bill.

“Working with President Trump, with Mnuchin and with McConnell, I feel we’ve got a better opportunity now than at any time,” McCarthy said. “I think those members on the Democratic side who said they would sign a discharge petition. If they would sign that discharge petition, I bet you would get a COVID bill that day.”

Part of that bill would include securing at least $300 billion in loans or grants to keep small businesses afloat.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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