Sen. McConnell in Owensboro to discuss vaccine distribution


OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell visited Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Thursday to discuss Kentucky’s vaccine distribution efforts and the COVID-19 relief bills passed last year that are now law.

“If you go back a year ago this month we had sent everyone home all across America so we had both a healthcare emergency and an economic emergency simultaneously,” Senator Mitch McConnell said while reflecting on the past year. Now, he’s impressed by how quickly people got their COVID shots and the effectiveness of the vaccines. “It’s a modern medical miracle.”

Owensboro Health started vaccinating people on Christmas Eve. They’ve given out nearly 67,000 doses so far.

“A significant part of the bills that we passed last year were for what’s called, ‘Operation Warped Speed,'” Senator McConnell said vaccines were a focus to keep businesses open and operating safely as we work towards herd immunity. Although, he does not support the the recent passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.

“I thought about one fourth of what was recently done would have been appropriate for where we are now and I am alarmed about the size of the debt. It’s one thing to go into debt when you got a 100 year pandemic, but you saw the president just yesterday in Pittsburgh recommending we do it again! With a combination of massive tax increases on businesses and individuals and more borrowing,” McConnell said he believes a $500 billion COVID relief package would have been enough.

McConnell spoke out against the Biden Administration’s three trillion dollar infrastructure claiming that type of spending has not happened since World War II.

“I don’t think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left, but they are not deterred by that and they are going to try to do it any way and I’m going to fight them every step of the way because I think this is the wrong prescription for America,” McConnell said.

(This story was originally published on April 1, 2021)

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