Pelosi Says McConnell Was Right To Take “The Dough” From Democrats

( House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at it again, attacking a prominent Senate Republican for saying his home state will benefit from the latest economic stimulus program.

Speaking on Tuesday at an event in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told attendees that while he — and no member of his party — were in favor of the latest stimulus package, it will provide some substantial financial help for the people and businesses of Kentucky.

At the event, he said:

“Not a single member of my party voted for it. So, you’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700 million to $800 million.”

McConnell said Kentucky was likely to get close to $4 billion from the stimulus bill. He said:

“So, my advice to members of the legislature and other local officials: Spend it wisely because hopefully this windfall doesn’t come along again.”

When people on Twitter posted those comments from McConnell, Pelosi just couldn’t help herself, replying:

“Vote no and take the dough.”

What exactly is Pelosi suggesting here? Should McConnell and other Republicans who voted against the proposal return the money to the federal government?

It’s not as if McConnell is saying the funding Kentucky will receive is a great thing. In fact, he even points out that he and all Republicans didn’t vote for it, and that hopefully there won’t be more funding like it coming in the near future.

In addition, it’s not as if McConnell and Republicans were completely against any economic stimulus at all. They tried to negotiate with Democrats for a much smaller, more targeted package that would serve the U.S. well.

However, Democrats were having none of it, and decided to push forward with whatever they wanted. That of course flew in the face of what President Joe Biden was saying before he got elected, when he promised to negotiate bipartisan deals once he got into the White House.

What Republicans were most against were some of the ultra-progressive aspects of the plan. This included another round of direct payments to Americans that totaled $1,400.

The GOP was also against an extension on the federal boost to unemployment benefits, and specifically aid that was sent to local and state governments.

Republicans argued at the time that the package proposed by Democrats was simply too large and unnecessary at a time when the country had already spent trillions of dollars on economic recovery during the pandemic.

Republicans ultimately proposed a rescue package that totaled $900 billion. Democrats were not on board with that, though, and wouldn’t even really sit down at the negotiating table to try to hammer out differences.

Democrats then went ahead and pushed through their proposal using budget reconciliation. No Republicans voted in favor of the package.