Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unloaded on Democratic bills like ones to raise the minimum wage and lower student loan interest rates, according to audio obtained by The Nation and The Undercurrent.
During a private gathering with top donors in June organized by the Koch brothers called “American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society,” McConnell vowed to continue to block Democratic proposals if Republicans win the Senate majority.
“And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage … cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment—that’s a great message for retirees,” he said. “Uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.”
Just before the conference, McConnell led Republican senators in blocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) bill that would have let students refinance their loans.
Listen to the audio: