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Monday
Mar102014

McConnell on Dems' All-Nighter in the Senate

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a prebuttal Monday to the Democrats' all-night talk session, calling the Democrats' climate change position "cruel" because he believes it negatively impacts workers in the coal industry.

“There is a depression in Appalachia. An absolute depression. Families are losing work because of government attacks on the coal industry. Communities are hurting," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "And tonight you’re going to hear 30 hours of excuses from a group of people who think that’s ok. Well it’s not ok. It’s cruel."
 
“It’s cruel to tell struggling coal families that they can’t have a job because some billionaire from San Francisco disagrees with their line of work," he said.

“My colleagues say they’ll spend the entire night talking about how we need to wake up and take action.  I want to challenge them to think about acting in a way that puts these Americans first. And not spend 30 hours pretending like they don’t exist," he said.
 
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