McConnell: Public wants votes on GOP economic ideas

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the public is sick of Democrats playing politics and want the Senate to vote on Republican economic legislation.

“While the Obama administration has been playing politics, Republicans have been quietly assembling a lot of really good ideas aimed at helping middle class Americans deal with the stresses of a modern economy,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “And every single one of them deserves a vote.”

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McConnell highlighted GOP bills that would limit unionization, increase tax breaks and support charter schools, among other things. He said these policy changes would help the economy more than Democrats’ “failed ideas.”

“[Constituents] are tired of a Democrat-controlled Senate that won’t allow a debate, or a vote, on any of our better alternatives,” McConnell said. “It’s long past time we had a real debate in this country — instead of the false choice Democrats constantly present to the public between their own failed ideas and some political villain that doesn’t exist. It’s time Americans saw the real choice before them. And once they do, I think that choice will be an easy one.”

Ahead of the November elections, Democrats have been pushing their “fair shot” agenda and holding votes that draw contrast between the parties on issues such as raising the minimum wage, reducing student loan rates and ensuring equal pay for equal work.

To combat this, Republicans are holding a press event Wednesday to showcase their legislation, which they say does more to help the working class.