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 [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] had Democrats and Republican Senators together actually working out the bill — it was the leaders who came in and stopped this process…

“Look at the difference of what we just saw a couple weeks ago in the House… I moved the bill forward because I wanted America to see us working together, to give us hope that we can do this…

“The country does not want us to be partisan, they want us to be productive. And that is what we did in the minority over on this side, and what we expect to happen there, but they had more input than any other time. I wish we had that type of input when we would craft a bill…

“Think for one moment what we were able to do before. We’ve sent more money to the state, we increased the funding level there that we found time to work together. This is actually to protect the jobs to provide more resources for what we need in dealing with this situation. Time is of the essence, but what’s so critical here is the actual Senators, Democrats and Republicans, got together and crafted the bill. It is their leadership that has come in, because they are unhappy that they couldn’t craft it themselves… 

“Chuck Schumer should allow the American public to be able to move forward and this is unacceptable.”

“[The response package] was bottom up, bipartisan, bicameral. Democrat Senate members along with Republican members gave their ideas, crafted it by different sections of what committees you worked on and built it bottom up. Then yesterday I sat in a meeting of [the] four leaders, [and] the two Democrat leaders were upset that this wasn’t crafted by the leadership…

“If you’re worried about people paying their rent, you know what this provides people who are laid off — they actually get a check from the government. You know what else it does for small businesses, it gives them the liquidity to stay up and running even though they don’t have money coming in and [there] will be a grant if you keep people employed and you keep paying your rent…

“What we’re providing is a guarantee and a backstop that you can borrow the money at a lower interest rate… We’re saying you have to keep your employees on, you have to keep paying your rent… If you keep the employees, there’s a grant [that will] help you get the liquidity… 

“The other thing this bill does for unemployment insurance [is] we don’t wait for people to wait seven days on the federal end, we add another $600 so they’ll pay their rent going forward. The worst case scenario is somebody gets laid off and they have to go to unemployment insurance. Wouldn’t it be smart as a nation — if you are thinking of the individual, not of the CEO — to keep that employee hired? That’s what we’re trying to achieve… 

“I would put this country before my own personal ambitions. I wish the leadership in the Senate would do the same on the Democratic side.”