It has taken eight months for lawmakers to pass a second COVID-19 relief bill, this time Americans will receive a $600 check instead of a $1,200 check.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked on Fox News what took so long for Congress to come up with a bill while desperate Americans needed the help months ago.
During the interview, McConnell claimed that he has been a proponent of a relief bill since July.
“We tried to pass — we started advocating for that in July,” the Kentucky Republican insisted. “The talks were unproductive.”
“I think what held it up is that [Democrats] did not want to do anything before the presidential election,” he opined. “I think they felt that would disadvantage the president. But look, we finally got it done.”
Host Dana Perino pointed out that many Americans felt like the bill, which includes $600 checks for many people, would be “too little, too late.”
“It’s not too little, too late,” McConnell objected. “It’s directly targeted at exactly what the country needs right now. If after the new administration comes in they want to advocate more, we’ll take a look at it based upon conditions in the country at that time.”
Take a look at McConnell’s remarks below: