Alabama Sen. Doug Jones votes ‘no’ on coronavirus bill, blames McConnell’s ‘lack of leadership’

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat this fall, declined to join with Republicans on Thursday to advance a new coronavirus relief bill, dismissing the vote as a purely political one.Jones blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for putting forth what he called a partisan bill that fell short of what Americans need and urged the leader to talk with Democrats.SENATE FAILS TO ADVANCE ‘TARGETED’ $300B CORONAVIRUS BILL; RELIEF IN LIMBO”I think it is a complete lack of leadership on the majority leader here,” Jones said at the Capitol on Thursday after his “no” vote. “What he’s done is a disservice to the American people. We could have had a deal. We should have a deal. And it’s his fault that we don’t, and I’m just appalled at the way he has treated the American people.”Republicans’ $300 billion coronavirus relief legislation failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday in the Senate, effectively killing the legislation that McConnell touted as an important economic lifeline and Democrats decried as a purely partisan and paltry effort.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 07: Sen. Doug Jones, D-AL., speaks during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new …

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