McConnell on ‘The Story with Martha MacCallum’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined ‘The Story with Martha MacCallum’ yesterday to discuss the Supreme Court, hybrid hearings, and COVID-19. See below for highlights or click here to watch the full interview.

On Holding Hybrid Hearings in the Senate:

“We’ve been up against COVID-19 since May. We’ve had numerous hearings remotely with senator’s calling in remotely. Occasionally witnesses remotely. I think the nominee will be there in person. Some members of the Committee may choose to be remote. We’ve been dealing with this since May. All of a sudden, it’s become disabling? This is just another effort to try to delay the process on this outstanding Supreme Court nominee that the President has sent up to the Senate.”

On Judge Barrett’s Outstanding Qualifications:

“It's about time we quit talking about process and start talking about the nominee herself. An absolute sterling choice. The President could not have picked a better nominee. Outstanding scholar, wonderful family, seven kids, two adopted children, a special needs child as well. A very supportive husband. A working couple. Quintessentially American and it's a great success story, and she will be a great member of the Supreme Court.”

On Democrats’ Refusal to Get Serious on COVID-19 Relief Talks:

“This is been going on for two months. We reengaged in July. The Speaker never made a reasonable offer. I put on the Senate floor, a lot of people forget it, a proposal to deal with kids in school, small businesses and health care. We couldn't get a single Democrat to even take it up. I think it's clear, Martha, they didn't want to get a deal this soon. We will reengage after the election, as the President said. I think we do need another rescue package but because of the pending election we simply weren't able to get together.”