During an appearance on Fox News on Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed House Democrats for working late into the night to pass the much-needed and popular coronavirus stimulus bill.
“Democrats just scheduled a vote for 2am tonight,” McCarthy complained in a video attacking Democratic lawmakers. “They are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in their bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.”
White House chief of staff Ron Klain responded to McCarthy’s complaints on Twitter.
“Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no,” he posted.
Polling shows Klain’s argument is resonating with voters — even Republicans.
“While Republicans in Congress have balked at the overall price tag for Biden’s proposed package, new Morning Consult/Politico polling shows that the public — including Republican voters — overwhelmingly supports the legislation,” Morning Consult posted on Wednesday. “In the poll, which was conducted Feb. 19-22 among 2,013 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, 76 percent said they back the stimulus package, including 52 percent who said they ‘strongly’ support the bill. Only 17 percent of voters said they oppose it.”
“While Republicans offered the lowest amount of support, more than half of GOP voters still back the stimulus package at 60 percent. Thirty percent said they somewhat or strongly oppose the package,” the polling company noted.
McCarthy also complained that the bill approved by the House includes money for schools, which he called a “waste.”
Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no. https://t.co/YtdvrXjoDL
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) February 27, 2021