Stimulus Bill Backlash Mounts Against McConnell Amid Focus on SCOTUS Seat

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has seen his priorities questioned as he looks set to push through a Supreme Court replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg amid continued failure to pass a stimulus bill through Congress.

McConnell has faced criticism and accusations of hypocrisy over his decision to call a vote on the Senate floor over a replacement for Ginsburg, who died this week.

Protesters have gathered outside his Kentucky home amid a backlash over this, adding to the negative response from Democratic lawmakers.

While McConnell willingness to move quickly in regard to Ginsburg's replacement, despite being just weeks away from the election, has been compared with his prior reticence to pass a stimulus deal.

He has in recent weeks put forward cut down proposals in the Senate, which failed to garner support, though previously was questioned over calling for a pause in deciding upon a further relief package following the passage of the CARES Act.

McConnell has also pushed against the HEROES Act, the Democrat proposal, in the Senate after it was branded dead on arrival after it passed the House of Representatives in May.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) questioned the speed in which McConnell's has moved on each point.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "More than 200,000 Americans have died from #COVID19, and Mitch McConnell still refuses to allow a vote on the #HeroesAct.

"Now he's springing into action to ram through another Trump SCOTUS nominee. Where's that sense of urgency when it comes to American lives?"

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) similarly queried the priorities of the Senate GOP.

"The Senate GOP is more concerned with filling a SCOTUS seat less than 2 months before an election than passing a COVID relief package," she wrote on Twitter.

"Their priority isn't the American people."

Newsweek has contacted McConnell, Luján and Moore for comment.

The criticism comes as lawmakers continue to stall when it comes to agreeing a bipartisan agreement on stimulus likely to pass both the House and the Senate.

A major point of contention has been spend, with Republicans unwilling to go for the amount of funding Democrats are requesting to facilitate an agreement. Each side has criticized the other for failing to compromise sufficiently.

Talks between Democratic figureheads and White House negotiators have failed to find a break through, with President Donald Trump blaming Democrats for the lack of a deal.

A further bipartisan proposal has been put forward by members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which Trump has welcomed but said he could not endorse.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters following the weekly Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 15. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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