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Schumer to McConnell: Stop Complaining, Let's Debate Bills

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer points for the next questions during a news conference
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 July 2019 09:13 PM

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday chided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for complaining about becoming a victim of "modern-day McCarthyism" for blocking two election security bills last week.

"There's an easy way for Leader McConnell to silence the critics who accuse him of blocking election security: stop blocking it," the Senate minority leader said, The Hill reported.

"Leader McConnell doesn't have to put the bills that we have proposed . . . or the bill the House has passed, there are bipartisan bills —and we can debate the issue," Schumer added.

The comments followed McConnell's fiery retaliation at critics, accusing them of "lying" and "modern-day McCarthyism" for targeting his block of the Democrat-supported election security measures.

"These pundits are lying, lying when they dismiss the work that has been done," McConnell said, The Hill reported. "They're lying when they insist I have personally blocked actions which, in fact, I have championed and the Senate has passed. They are lying when they suggest that either party is against defending our democracy."

But Schumer challenged McConnell: "Prove them wrong."

"If Leader McConnell doesn't like being criticized on election security, I challenge him: Let's debate it on the floor with amendments," Schumer said, The Hill reported. "I challenge him: support additional appropriations for states to harden their election systems. In both cases, Leader McConnell has not done that."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., complaints about becoming a victim of "modern-day McCarthyism" after blocking two election security bills last week were chided by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday.
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