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McConnell says passage of relief package is a proud moment for Senate, country

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The Senate pivoted from a partisan impeachment to the unanimous passage of a rescue package for the country, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. #FoxNews

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BILL. LET’S GO AND LISTEN IN.
LET’S GO AND LISTEN IN. >> THIS TO TRILLION DOLLAR
>> THIS TO TRILLION DOLLAR RESCUE BILL TO SAVE AMERICAN
RESCUE BILL TO SAVE AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS, SMALL BUSINESSES,
INDIVIDUALS, SMALL BUSINESSES, LARGE BUSINESSES AND TO PROVIDE
LARGE BUSINESSES AND TO PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE FUNDING FOR THE
CONSIDERABLE FUNDING FOR THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN THE
HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN THE SCIENTISTS AND THE DOCTORS AND
SCIENTISTS AND THE DOCTORS AND OTHERS WHO ARE TRYING TO SOLVE
OTHERS WHO ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THIS PANDEMIC.
THIS PANDEMIC. SO I THINK IF I WERE WRITING
SO I THINK IF I WERE WRITING YOUR HEADLINE I’D SAY THE SENATE
YOUR HEADLINE I’D SAY THE SENATE HAS PIVOTED FROM ONE OF THE MOST
HAS PIVOTED FROM ONE OF THE MOST CONTENTIOUS PARTISAN PERIODS IN
CONTENTIOUS PARTISAN PERIODS IN THE NATION’S HISTORY TO PASSING
THE NATION’S HISTORY TO PASSING THIS RESCUE PACKAGE 100-0.
THIS RESCUE PACKAGE 100-0. ALL IN ONE QUARTER.
ALL IN ONE QUARTER. OF THIS YEAR.
OF THIS YEAR. FROM ARGUED WITH THE MOST
FROM ARGUED WITH THE MOST PARTISAN, DIVISIVE THING YOU
PARTISAN, DIVISIVE THING YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO TO COMING
COULD POSSIBLY DO TO COMING TOGETHER ENTIRELY -- 100 OF
TOGETHER ENTIRELY -- 100 OF US -- TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE.
US -- TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE. I THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE
I THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES SENATE AS AN
UNITED STATES SENATE AS AN INSTITUTION, OUR WILLINGNESS TO
INSTITUTION, OUR WILLINGNESS TO PUT ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES, TO DO
PUT ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES, TO DO SOMETHING REALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR
SOMETHING REALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR THE COUNTRY.
THE COUNTRY. I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT
I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT HAPPENED AS WE ARE INSPIRED
HAPPENED AS WE ARE INSPIRED ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THE
ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. PEOPLE ARE HELPING EACH OTHER,
PEOPLE ARE HELPING EACH OTHER, REACHING OUT, LOOKING FOR WAYS
REACHING OUT, LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS OF THE
FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS OF THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS THIS
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS THIS IS A PROUD MOMENT FOR THE
IS A PROUD MOMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND FOR THE
UNITED STATES SENATE AND FOR THE COUNTRY AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN
COUNTRY AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS BATTLE IN THE VERY NEAR
THIS BATTLE IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
FUTURE. WITH THAT I WILL TAKE A COUPLE
WITH THAT I WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IF THERE ARE ANY.
OF QUESTIONS IF THERE ARE ANY. >> SENATOR, UNDERSTANDING THIS
>> SENATOR, UNDERSTANDING THIS IS OF COURSE A CRISIS AND TIME
IS OF COURSE A CRISIS AND TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, THIS BOAT
IS OF THE ESSENCE, THIS BOAT BEGAN AS THE PUBLIC HAD NOT YET
BEGAN AS THE PUBLIC HAD NOT YET SEEN THE BILL.
SEEN THE BILL. LOBBYISTS HAD SEEN THE BILL.
LOBBYISTS HAD SEEN THE BILL. AND NONE OF THE DEBATE HAS BEEN
AND NONE OF THE DEBATE HAS BEEN HELD IN PUBLIC.
HELD IN PUBLIC. WAS VIRTUALLY NO PUBLIC DEBATE
WAS VIRTUALLY NO PUBLIC DEBATE ON WHAT LOOKS TO BE THE LARGEST
ON WHAT LOOKS TO BE THE LARGEST BILL IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
BILL IN AMERICAN HISTORY. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THAT WAS
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THAT WAS MUCH OF THE PUBLIC HAVE HAD MORE
MUCH OF THE PUBLIC HAVE HAD MORE TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS
TIME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS BILL IS THAT IS MEANT TO HELP
BILL IS THAT IS MEANT TO HELP THEM?
THEM? >> DO YOU WORK YOUR?
>> DO YOU WORK YOUR? >> YES, SIR,.
>> YES, SIR,. >> WHERE THEY WERE ELECT TO
>> WHERE THEY WERE ELECT TO REPRESENT LIVES OF THE AMERICAN
REPRESENT LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
PEOPLE. I COULD WALK YOU THROUGH IT
I COULD WALK YOU THROUGH IT AGAIN.
AGAIN. WE LAY DOWN A BILL AS A RESULT
WE LAY DOWN A BILL AS A RESULT OF CONSULTATION WITH THE PUBLIC
OF CONSULTATION WITH THE PUBLIC ON KEY COMMITTEES.
ON KEY COMMITTEES. WE INVITED OUR DEMOCRATIC
WE INVITED OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS TO JOIN US BY SUNDAY OF
FRIENDS TO JOIN US BY SUNDAY OF THIS WEEK.
THIS WEEK. WE HAD A BIPARTISAN BILL AS A
WE HAD A BIPARTISAN BILL AS A STARTING PLACE.
STARTING PLACE. THEN THE SPEAKER AND THE
THEN THE SPEAKER AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CAME INTO MY
DEMOCRATIC LEADER CAME INTO MY OFFICE ON SUNDAY AND NOT SLOW
OFFICE ON SUNDAY AND NOT SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS, BUT IT HAD
DOWN THE PROCESS, BUT IT HAD ALREADY BEGUN ON A TOTALLY
ALREADY BEGUN ON A TOTALLY BIPARTISAN BASIS.
BIPARTISAN BASIS. THAT’S WHAT WE DO HERE.
THAT’S WHAT WE DO HERE. WE ARE ELECTED TO GET RESULTS.
WE ARE ELECTED TO GET RESULTS. >> QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PUBLIC.
>> QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PUBLIC. >> THE PUBLIC IS WATCHING ALL OF
>> THE PUBLIC IS WATCHING ALL OF IT THROUGH YOU.
IT THROUGH YOU. IN THE DEBATES ON THE FLOOR.
IN THE DEBATES ON THE FLOOR. THIS BILL IS NO DIFFERENT FROM
THIS BILL IS NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER BILL.
ANY OTHER BILL. THIS IS THE WAY ALL BILLS ARE
THIS IS THE WAY ALL BILLS ARE DEVELOPED.
DEVELOPED. WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT, IT
WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT, IT WAS TOTALLY BIPARTISAN FROM THE
WAS TOTALLY BIPARTISAN FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END AND AS I
BEGINNING TO THE END AND AS I JUST MENTIONED, WE PIVOTED FROM
JUST MENTIONED, WE PIVOTED FROM IMPEACHMENT TO 100-0 ON THIS
IMPEACHMENT TO 100-0 ON THIS RESCUE PACKAGE.
RESCUE PACKAGE. THIS WAS ABOUT AS FLAWLESS AS
THIS WAS ABOUT AS FLAWLESS AS YOU COULD POSSIBLY BE.
YOU COULD POSSIBLY BE. WE HAD INPUT FROM EVERYONE.
WE HAD INPUT FROM EVERYONE. ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. ALL PARTS OF OUR SOCIETY.
ALL PARTS OF OUR SOCIETY. NONPROFITS TO PROPHETS.
NONPROFITS TO PROPHETS. ALL GOING TO THEIR ELECTED
ALL GOING TO THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, COMING INTO
REPRESENTATIVES, COMING INTO THESE DISCUSSIONS.
THESE DISCUSSIONS. THIS IS A CLASSIC WAY YOU WRITE
THIS IS A CLASSIC WAY YOU WRITE LEGISLATION IN A DEMOCRACY.
LEGISLATION IN A DEMOCRACY. >> AT THE SAME TIME, I MEAN, YOU
>> AT THE SAME TIME, I MEAN, YOU AND SCHUMER DIDN’T SEEM TO
AND SCHUMER DIDN’T SEEM TO INTERACT TOO MUCH WITH EACH
INTERACT TOO MUCH WITH EACH OTHER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE
OTHER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS, YOU WERE RAILING ON
PROCESS, YOU WERE RAILING ON PELOSI AS IF SHE DID NOT HAVE A
PELOSI AS IF SHE DID NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE ANY SORT OF
RIGHT TO HAVE ANY SORT OF IMPRINT ON THIS BILL.
IMPRINT ON THIS BILL. >> I KNOW YOU’RE PAID TO FIND
>> I KNOW YOU’RE PAID TO FIND SOMETHING WRONG WITH ALMOST
SOMETHING WRONG WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING. BUT THERE’S NOT MUCH TO ARGUE
BUT THERE’S NOT MUCH TO ARGUE ABOUT ONE PEOPLE OF --
ABOUT ONE PEOPLE OF -- >> SHE HAS A RIGHT --
>> SHE HAS A RIGHT -- >> I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER
>> I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER MYSELF.
MYSELF. WE PIVOTED FROM ONE OF THE MOST
WE PIVOTED FROM ONE OF THE MOST PARTISAN EXERCISES YOU COULD
PARTISAN EXERCISES YOU COULD EVER BE ENGAGED IN TO A
EVER BE ENGAGED IN TO A BIPARTISAN 100-0, TO TRILLION
BIPARTISAN 100-0, TO TRILLION DOLLAR RESCUE PACKAGE FOR THE
DOLLAR RESCUE PACKAGE FOR THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. NOT MUCH TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.
NOT MUCH TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. ON PROCESS WHEN YOU’VE GOT THAT
ON PROCESS WHEN YOU’VE GOT THAT KIND OF AN OUTCOME FOR THE
KIND OF AN OUTCOME FOR THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD BREAK AND WE
YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD BREAK AND WE WILL SEE YOU WHEN WE GET BACK
WILL SEE YOU WHEN WE GET BACK HERE AND HOPEFULLY WE SPENT THE

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