House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took one last stand against President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan ahead of the lower chamber’s final vote on the bill, which is almost certain to pass.
Democrats, McCarthy said, have “abandoned any pretense unity,” and he accused them of stuffing the bill — which he repeatedly labeled “socialism” — with waste that was unrelated to solving the pandemic, warning that “serious problems” are “immediately on the horizon” for the American people. “History will not be kind to what transpires here today,” he said.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “From H.R. 1 to voting to defund the police, House Democrats have abandoned any pretense of unity.” pic.twitter.com/Xnilt3VMlw
— The Hill (@thehill) March 10, 2021
House Democrats brushed off the criticism as nothing more than “scare tactics,” however. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), for instance, said facetiously that if Democrats hosted a “potluck picnic, Republicans would call it socialism.”
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) responds to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s criticism of COVID relief bill:
“If Democrats had a potluck picnic, Republicans would call it socialism.” pic.twitter.com/WeSuA6COIT
— The Recount (@therecount) March 10, 2021