Governor Andrew Cuomo denounced the federal stimulus package for doing nothing for New York and accused lawmakers of failing to meet the needs of states in their fight against the corona virus.
“In my opinion, Congressional action has simply not met the needs of the government,” Cuomo said at a news conference in Albany on Thursday.
“I am disappointed, I said I was disappointed. I find it irresponsible, I find it reckless, ”he noted. “When this is over, I promise I’ll give them a piece of my mind.”
The Governor of New York has become the face of states as they fight their illness with his daily press conferences and refuse to cut words when it comes to what needs to be done to end the spread.
Governor Andrew Cuomo denounced the federal stimulus package for doing nothing for New York, saying the legislator did not meet the needs of states in their fight against the corona virus
Governor Cuomo predicted that New York could lose up to $ 15 billion in revenue from closings to stop the virus from spreading; above a public park is closed in Manhattan
The state is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, and Cuomo said it has already spent more than $ 1 billion to fight the outbreak. More than 5,300 patients were admitted to the state as of Thursday, an increase of 40 percent from the previous day.
Cuomo did not mince words to express his frustration at the measure’s lack of public funding, including small business loans, individual checks for Americans, and support for hard-hit industries.
“It did not help local or state governments, and it did not solve the loss of government,” he said. “And federal officials, those who are honest, will admit it.”
New York is expected to receive $ 5 billion under the $ 2 trillion package that the Senate passed on Wednesday night, and the House is expected to pass Friday.
But Cuomo said those funds are only for coronavirus spending, “meaning it doesn’t do anything for us in terms of lost revenue.”
States lost millions of income when companies were closed to curb the virus.
Cuomo said New York’s budget deficit could total $ 15 billion, which he called “the bigger problem.”
“I don’t think what they were doing met the needs of the government,” he said of the federal bailout.
“Now was the time to put politics aside and bias aside,” he said. “Now is the time for government leaders to stop apologizing and just do your job. Do your job. “
But speaker Nancy Pelosi offered hope on Thursday that more money could come.
She said legislators could allocate additional money to state and local governments in a subsequent round of bailouts. Congress is on track to pass its third coronavirus pack, but talks about a fourth and fifth along the line if the virus is not reduced.
“As I said, there are so many things that we have not yet somehow received in these accounts,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill.
She also suggested that there are other ways to get much-needed funds from the state and local governments, including through the federal reserve.
“There is no doubt that more money is needed,” said the speaker.
She said that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told her, “Interest rates are as low as they ever will be. Think big. ”
Pelosi indicated on Wednesday evening that she is ready to swiftly take the massive package of economic stimuli through the lower chamber by the end of the week after the Senate voted unanimously to pass the law.
She told reporters, after the 96-0 Senate vote, that she would like to see “ a good debate on the floor ” over the $ 2 trillion aid package.
She added on Thursday that Democrats had to do “jiu jitsu on the bill” to get it ready for passage in the Senate.
Speaker Pelosi said that in a next round of rescue measures, lawmakers could allocate additional resources for state and local governments
The house speaker, whose 80th birthday is Thursday, also said on Wednesday that if a legislator asked for a registered vote instead of a voting procedure, which would force the lower chamber back to a hearing, she would move to change the rules to to allow ‘voting by proxy. ‘
This change would empower a small group of legislators to vote on the floor on behalf of the larger group of congressmen and women.
“If someone asks for a registered vote, and once they know it, we have options [to pass the bill]”They probably won’t ask for it,” Pelosi said Wednesday evening.
And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who represents New York, also said there may be more funds on the way.
“He’s disappointed that it only got $ 5 billion for the state government, but there are small businesses in New York that need money, there are unemployed people who need money, there are hospitals that need money, there are nurses who need money need it, “Schumer said Wednesday evening from Cuomo.