In addition to the Capitol siege, The Times said that McConnell blames Trump for Republicans losing two critical Senate seats in Georgia in the dual January 5 runoff elections, which not only cost Republicans control of the upper chamber but personally cost McConnell his job as Senate majority leader.
He also called on outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to call the Senate back into session to hold a trial following the House's expected impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
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But things changed quickly after Schumer's speech.
McConnell, once one of Trump's most powerful allies, now reportedly plans to never speak to him again in the wake of Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. "Can we go a half day on dealing with the impeachment and half a day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving on the package?"
CNN noted that Trump and McConnell have not spoken since the January 6 siege on the Capitol, and The Washington Post reported that McConnell had ignored the president's calls the week before. Five people died in last week's riot.More news: Bill Belichick rejects Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump
Schumer said during a press conference in New York City that a 2004 law allows the majority and minority leaders to bring the Senate back from a recess and he would support such a move.
"McConnell claims he needs unanimous consent, the agreement of all 100 senators, but it's not so", the Democrat said. "For [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and [Democratic leader Sen.] Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our country, and it's causing tremendous anger". Biden promised to announce details this week of the plan he will propose after he takes office January 20.
Having a trial drag into the start of Biden's administration could hamper Biden's ability to get approval for additional stimulus. In response to last week's December jobs report, which showed one, Biden said, "the bottom line is.... we now need to provide more immediate help to working families and businesses".More news: COVID-19 modelling shows daily deaths could double by mid-February