Politico: Pelosi and McConnell resist testing for lawmakers as anxiety spikes

Politico: Pelosi and McConnell resist testing for lawmakers as anxiety spikes. “Congressional leaders are digging in on their refusal to mandate regular coronavirus testing for lawmakers, despite growing calls to do so from both inside and outside the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected an offer from the administration to provide rapid tests to lawmakers in early May — citing concerns about logistics as well as the appearance of giving lawmakers preferential treatment.”

Daily Kos: Angry, broke constituents have vulnerable Senate GOP at odds with McConnell on COVID-19 relief

Daily Kos: Angry, broke constituents have vulnerable Senate GOP at odds with McConnell on COVID-19 relief. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has his priorities for the next coronavirus relief bill: forcing kids back to school and protecting businesses—and schools—from liability if they end up killing people by reopening prematurely. Those are his priorities. His cadre of vulnerable Republicans seeking reelection this year have more pressing worries, like the tens if not hundreds of thousands of their constituents who are still unemployed and are about to lose the lifeline of expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.”

Slate: About Face

Slate: About Face. “On Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the week’s session by imploring ‘each family, each small business, each employer, and all levels of government to apply common sense’ to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has reasserted itself at record levels of cases over the past week. Then he got more specific.”

The Daily Beast: McConnell Was Warned D.C. Hadn’t Hit COVID Benchmarks Prior to Reconvening Senate

The Daily Beast: McConnell Was Warned D.C. Hadn’t Hit COVID Benchmarks Prior to Reconvening Senate. “At least one official with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office was on a call last week with the Capitol’s attending physician during which that physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, said Washington, D.C. had not yet cleared coronavirus-related benchmarks needed to safely reopen. According to two sources familiar with the call, McConnell’s chief of staff, Sharon Soderstrom, stressed to individuals on the call that they should take seriously the likelihood that the Majority Leader would reconvene the Senate on May 4 even amid the pandemic. A third source who was informed of the call’s exchanges confirmed that account. Despite Monahan’s warnings, McConnell did just that, telling lawmakers this week that they would be called back next Monday.”

Ars Technica: Twitter backs down, allows McConnell to post video of protestor threats

Ars Technica: Twitter backs down, allows McConnell to post video of protestor threats. “After a day of blistering criticism from Republicans, Twitter has reversed an earlier decision and restored the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His account had been frozen after tweeting out a video showing several protestors shouting violent threats against McConnell outside the senator’s Kentucky home.”