Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks out of the Senate Chamber after attending President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on January 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Today President Trump's legal defense team is expected to conclude their arguments today and begin answering written questions from Senators on Wednesday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Mitch McConnell faces backlash from fellow Republicans after unveiling coronavirus relief proposal

“I’m not for borrowing another trillion dollars,” GOP Sen. Rand Paul tells reporters



Sky Palma
July 28, 2020 8:12PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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After unveiling their latest coronavirus aid package which slashes the federal benefit from $600 per week in addition to state unemployment to $200, Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans are finding themselves on the receiving end of backlash from members of their own party, Reuters reports.

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While Democrats have rejected the package, saying that it falls short, some Republicans also offered their own criticisms, calling the plan too costly.

"I'm not for borrowing another trillion dollars," GOP Senator Rand Paul told reporters.

"I'm very concerned about the amount of money we're talking about," Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said according to POLITICO. "What I don't want to do is bail out the states. That's wrong."

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Also upsetting Republicans is a provision in the bill that allocates nearly $2 billion in funding for the construction of a new FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said it "was kind of a strange addition," while Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said he was "a little surprised by" the provision.

When asked about the provision, Graham said that it "makes no sense to me."


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