Democrats’ Partisan Spending Spree Threatens State Policies that Help Kentuckians
‘I’ll be joining Kentuckians to celebrate what’s gone well, thanks to our bipartisan work last year… To hear their concerns about all the consequences of Democrats’ go-it-alone effort… And to hear what they think about the multi-trillion-dollar cousin of the Green New Deal that Democrats are reportedly planning for a sequel.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 recovery:
“Senators will soon head home for a state work period. We’ll be seeing an Easter season of optimism and hope as the tide of the pandemic continues to turn.
“Thanks to science and fueled by five bipartisan bills we passed last year, vaccines were developed, approved, and pre-ordered in record time. America was delivering more than a million doses per day before the current administration even took office.
“And because of last year’s bipartisan work, our economy was already poised for an historic comeback.
“I’m also going to be talking with Kentuckians about their confusion and concerns surrounding the multi-trillion-dollar partisan spending plan that Democrats just rushed through Congress.
“Like why teacher’s unions got huge sums for schools, much of which won't be spent until years into the future, without any meaningful requirement to reopen even though science says it’s safe…
“Concerns like why Kentucky and other states whose budgets have come through the crisis intact will be subsidizing massive bailouts to other states for mismanagement that predates the pandemic…
“And confusion and concern about the radical last-minute provision that tries to prevent states from implementing any policy that might be interpreted as a tax cut.
“That one could wreak havoc on the plans of local officials in Kentucky and entire industries as they try to get the Bluegrass growing again.
“This provision has the potential to shoot down a state law designed to help the Commonwealth’s small businesses deduct PPP expenses from their state taxes and unwind planned waivers of hikes on their unemployment taxes.
“Secretary Yellen was asked about this huge uncertainty in a hearing yesterday — about how this will be defined or enforced — and essentially had no answers.
“So I’ll be joining Kentuckians to celebrate what’s gone well, thanks to our bipartisan work last year…
“To hear their concerns about all the consequences of Democrats’ go-it-alone effort…
“And to hear what they think about the multi-trillion-dollar cousin of the Green New Deal that Democrats are reportedly planning for a sequel.”
Related Issues: Taxes, COVID-19, Senate Democrats, Small Business