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McConnell defends GOP crafting stimulus plan without Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday defended Senate Republicans fast-tracking the third leg of the coronavirus stimulus package without input from Democrats, saying that urgency is key.

"The Republicans are in the majority in the Senate. We wanted to put forward our proposal," McConnell told CNN in an interview that aired Thursday evening.

"We feel like we have an obligation to do that as a majority, and the Democrats, of course, need to be given an opportunity to react to it, and that all begins tomorrow," McConnell told the network's Dana BashDana BashTrump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally CNN's John King: Barrett 'would be getting 70 votes or more' in Senate if nominated by another GOP president Romney calls first Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment' MORE.

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"So, don't create controversy where there isn't controversy," he continued.

The two previous stimulus bills that have already been signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE totaled more than $100 billion, but the current GOP bill is much larger, hovering close to around $1 trillion.

Included in the bill is $200 billion in loans to hurting industries such as airlines, $300 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses and direct monetary payment to Americans under a certain income threshold.

In a joint statement late Thursday, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Trump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference MORE (D-N.Y.) said that, at first glance, the GOP bill needs reworking.

"We are beginning to review Senator McConnell's proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers," the statement read.

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There are more than 14,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Friday morning and at least 205 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. McConnell admitted that the pandemic was uncharted territory for lawmakers.

"This is a totally new experience. So there isn't a precedent you can look to, but we're moving as rapidly as we can to try to deal with all these shortcomings and to — to get help to the American people," the Kentucky senator said.

"That's why we're here, and we're trying to operate on a bipartisan basis to do that. And I think we'll succeed," he added.