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“Read the damn bill”: Sen. McConnell touts CARES Act impact, blasts Biden’s jobs plan

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PADUCAH, Ky. (WSIL) -- U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Senate Minority Leader) may have a grudge against Major League Baseball after MLB moved its annual All Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado.

Sen. McConnell paid a visit to Baptist Health Paducah to discuss the CARES Act's impact on the hospital. McConnell opened his remarks using a football analogy.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell makes a stop at Baptist Health in Paducah to discuss vaccine distribution and COVID-19 relief.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell makes a stop at Baptist Health in Paducah to discuss vaccine distribution and COVID-19 relief.

Posted by WSIL News 3 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

"The best way to describe where we are now is we're in the red zone but not yet in the end zone," McConnell said.

McConnell's analogy describes the country's vaccine distribution situation. McConnell said at least 70% of the country must be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity, the touchdown in the Kentucky senator's analogy.

"We embarked on an incredible mission with a whole lot of unknowns," McConnell said. "No matter what we did, the only way to end it was with a vaccine."

MCCONNELL BLASTS AMERICAN JOBS PLAN

Sen. McConnell described the Biden Administration's $2 trillion infrastructure plan as 'wildly out of proportion' and brought forth by a 'hard left' administraiton.

McConnell says the American Jobs Plan is full of the ideologies of Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).

"This [bill] is a trojan horse for massive tax increases and a whole lot more debt... spending," McConnell said. "[It's] unrelated to infrastructure."

The plan aims to fix and improve the country's infrastructures such as roads, bridges and broadband internet. The White House says it will create new jobs in clean energy and increase wages and benefits for essential home care workers.

VACCINATION EFFORTS AT BAPTIST HEALTH

The CARES Act provided $15 million to Baptist Health Paducah that helped expand testing and vaccination clinics.

Chris Roty, president of Baptist Health Paducah, says the hospital has distributed more than 12,000 vaccines. Chief medical officer Dr. Brad Housman says the hospital has tested 50,000 people for COVID-19.

"[Vaccination clinics have] been staffed with folks here at our hospital," Housman said. "We've also had nurses that came out of retirement to help staff and to make that happen."

RESPONSE TO GEORGIA LAW CRITICISM

Sen. McConnell clarified comments he made Tuesday about warning big businesses to 'stay out of politics.'

"I didn't say that very artfully," McConnell said. "They're certainly entitled to be involved in politics. They are. My principal complaint is they didn't read the darn bill."

President Joe Biden criticized Georgia's new voting law last month, saying it amounts to 'Jim Crow of the 21st Century'. McConnell maintained that people's votes are not being suppressed.

"Voting is more and more convenient all across America," McConnell said. "My complaint about the CEOs: you oughta read the damn bill."

McConnell also suggested that Democrats are pressuring big businesses to react to the Georgia legislation.

"What did it cost them? It looks like it cost them the All Star Game. And MLB made the same mistake. It didn't read the bill," McConnell said.

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Danny Valle

Danny Valle anchors News 3 This Morning on Saturday and Sunday and reports Monday-Wednesday at News 3 WSIL. He joined the team in 2017 as a morning producer, before becoming an anchor in 2018, and reporter in 2019. Danny graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism with a specialization in Sports Broadcasting.

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