Mitch McConnell Criticized for Calling Coronavirus Bill ‘Urgent’ Priority After Leaving D.C. for the Weekend

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing scrutiny over his decision to send senators home for the weekend as the House sought to finalize its coronavirus response bill to provide relief for families amid the outbreak.

On Sunday evening, McConnell tweeted a statement from his iPhone announcing that passing a coronavirus relief package would be an “urgent” priority for Senate this week.

Critics were quick to leap on the GOP senator, however, pointing out that while he had sent senators home for the weekend and reportedly returned to Kentucky himself, House representatives had been working to solidify the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, passing the bill on Saturday.

The House passed the bipartisan relief package, which includes provisions for paid emergency leave for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as free testing for those who need it, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

While the bill saw bipartisan support, with 363 Republicans and Democrats coming together to vote in favor of the measure, 40 GOP members voted against it and Independent Justin Amash voted “present.”