New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on Republican leaders to stop blocking a COVID-19 relief bill and work with Democrats to pass legislation aimed at helping millions of Americans.
Schumer and Gillibrand held a press conference in Midtown Sunday accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of blocking Democrats every step of the way on a COVID-19 aid package. It comes after President Donald Trump said in a tweet Saturday that Congress must pass a relief bill. Both Schumer and Gillibrand say Democrats have been ready to get a deal done.
"Instead of doing this tweet, President Trump pick up this phone, and call Leader McConnell and say let's sit down and get a bill done ASAP," said Schumer while brandishing a printed copy of afformentioned tweet and a cell phone.
"President Trump should be tweeting at Mitch not us, because he's the one who's refused to act," added Gillibrand. "Mitch McConnell has had a bill from Speaker Pelosi since May, he's refused to put it on the floor, he's refused to debate it, he's refused to even talk about it."
Democrats say they want a bill that caters to the unemployed, renters, homeowners, small businesses, state and local governments, schools and the health care industry.