U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in Shepherdsville, on Oct. 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in Shepherdsville, on Oct. 9, 2020.

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped in Bullitt County on Friday morning to tout his federal CARES Act.

McConnell visited Bullitt County EMS in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, to thank first responders and talk about the impact of the legislation. About $3 billion in coronavirus relief has gone to Kentucky governments and health care providers.

Bullitt County EMS said it's used some of the money to upgrade and buy new equipment, including several stretchers and a new training mannequin. It's also distributing hand sanitizer for first responders and businesses.

McConnell said one last rescue package is in the works that would include liability protection and more money for health care providers and schools, but wasn't hopeful that it will be passed before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

"I just think the situation is kind of murky," McConnell said. "And I think the murkiness is a result of the proximity to the election, and everybody kind of trying to elbow for political advantage. I'd like to see us rise above that like we did back in March or April, but I think that's unlikely in the next three weeks."

McConnell said he last saw President Donald Trump in August but talks to him almost every day.

The Senate majority leader also said he isn't concerned about the pandemic possibly disrupting the upcoming confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which is set to begin Monday. He believes the proper precautions will be in place. 

Meanwhile, McConnell's challenger for the Senate, Democrat Amy McGrath, is calling for McConnell to get tested for COVID-19 before their Oct. 12 debate in Lexington, Kentucky.

"I'm following the CDC guidelines, and we're operating safely," McConnell said. "I think that's a good answer. Have I ever been tested? Yeah, but am I going to make a daily report? No, it's not necessary."

When asked if he had been tested lately, McConnell said, "It's not necessary to answer those questions. It doesn't tell you anything." 

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