McConnell on “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined ‘The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino’ today to discuss COVID-19 relief, Democrats’ court-packing threats, and Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. See below for highlights or click here to watch the full interview.
On Judge Barrett’s Qualifications:
“Stunningly, amazingly intelligent. A wonderful life story as well. It's hard to think of any nominee we've had in the past who is any better than this one, and we've had great ones like Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas. She's in the same class and will serve with great distinction on the Court for many years to come.”
On Democrats’ Court Packing Plans:
“Justice Ginsburg had it right. She was asked about this last year. She said nine is the right number. She pointed out that Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Court. It was a political disaster for him, not the right thing to do, and the perfect way to destabilize the judiciary. Court-packing ought to be completely unacceptable.
“It was when Joe [Biden] was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Now he is hedging. When he's hedging the answer is yes, he's open to it. The American people overwhelmingly think this is a bad idea on a bipartisan basis.”
On Targeted COVID-19 Relief vs. Speaker Pelosi’s Liberal Wish List:
“What I put on the floor this week was the bill we all agree on. She just wants to spend way more. Actually, the bill I put on the floor is $500 billion. Half a trillion dollars. She called that a skinny bill. She’s been promoting a massive expenditure, much of it unrelated to the problem. For example, tax cuts for rich people in New York and California, free healthcare for illegal immigrants and from a Kentucky point of view, there’s more money in there for Puerto Rico than for Kentucky.
“That is not a serious effort to legislate. What I wanted to do was to focus on the problem, get as much relief to the American people as we could as fast as we could.”