McConnell: Pelosi’s holdout for $2.2 trillion COVID-19 aid package ‘backfired’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back off demands for a $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package, declaring her party lost leverage in the election.

“Their all-or-nothing strategy backfired,” the Kentucky Republican said in a Senate floor speech Monday.

Republicans have seized more than a dozen seats held by House Democrats, shrinking Pelosi’s majority to a handful of votes.

Despite those losses, Pelosi has insisted Democrats hold the leverage in Congress and in the coronavirus aid negotiations thanks to Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the presidential race. Pelosi said her larger coronavirus package should prevail.

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