House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says Democrats purposefully delayed a coronavirus funding bill in order to run attack ads against Republicans.
In an interview yesterday with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, the host pointed out to McCarthy that three Republicans voted against the funding bill.
“I don’t get that at all in the middle of a crisis, sir,” she said.
“No, and you would have to ask them,” McCarthy replied. “But what’s even worse about this, we should have had this bill a week earlier. The Democrats actually held this bill, so Congresswoman Bustos, who runs the DCCC, could run ads against Republicans.”
“There should be no politics in this, because, as you said, Maria, this is very serious, and we should take it for the seriousness that it should be, $8.3 billion,” he continued.
McCarthy made similar comments last week when he appeared on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham’s show.
He told the host, “…they actually took the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, spent money, went into these seven Republican seats to campaign against them about the coronavirus when she’s the Speaker of the House. Instead of putting America first, she put her politics first and kept the bill from coming to the floor.”
President Trump signed the coronavirus funding bill on Friday, and said “We’re doing well, but it’s an unforeseen problem.”
The bill included $3 billion for the development of treatments, including $300 million for the government to purchase drugs at “fair and reasonable” prices. It also includes $2.2 billion public prevention of the spread of the virus and over $1 billion will be sent overseas.