SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: With regard to the bill that came over from the House, there was some discussion about whether to amend that with a bigger proposal, because we all know a bigger proposal is necessary.
But I’ve decided we’re going to go on and vote as soon as the Senate can get permission to vote on the bill that came over from the House, send it down to the president for signature, and thus reassure the people around the country that we can operate on a bicameral, bipartisan basis quickly…
A number of my members think there were considerable shortcomings in the House bill. My counsel to them is to gag and vote for it anyway even if they think it has some shortcomings and to address those shortcomings in the bill that we’re in the process of crafting. I cannot predict how long we will be here, but we’ll be here as long as it takes to pass yet another measure beyond the one that came over from the House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Republican senators who oppose a bill containing additional spending to combat the coronavirus should “gag and vote for it anyway.”