Governors Urge Congress to Avoid Turning Coronavirus Relief Into ‘Another Political Football’

A bipartisan group of governors is calling on Congress to pass another round of coronavirus relief.

“As Congress reconvenes, delivering urgent state fiscal relief must be a top priority,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.), the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) the co-chair of the NGA wrote in a joint statement on Wednesday. 

The statement continued, “Each day that Congress fails to act, states are being forced to make cuts that will devastate the essential services the American people rely on and destroy the economic recovery before it even gets off the ground.

The governors urged Congress to act on the “bipartisan agreement on the need for this assistance” and pass another round of coronavirus relief.

“We cannot afford a partisan process that turns this urgent relief into another political football. This is not a red state and blue state crisis. This is a red white and blue pandemic. The coronavirus is apolitical. It does not attack Democrats or Republicans. It attacks Americans.”

Hogan and Cuomo also asked that Congress provide $500 billion to help states facing budget shortfalls as a result of shutdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

Cuomo has been vociferous in his calls for federal assistance for his state. During a press conference on Tuesday, he said the state needs $61 billion from the federal government to avoid cuts to schools and hospitals.

“You want me to cut hospitals? Hospitals are the nurses, and the doctors who just got us through this and everyone celebrates as heroes. If you don’t fund a state, that’s who you’re cutting in terms of finances,” he said.

On Tuesday, House Democrats’ unveiled a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that would provide $1 trillion for local governments.

However, that bill is unlikely to get much further than the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted it as a bill that is designed to “deal with aspirations.”

While McConnell has indicated he is not interested in passing new spending legislation right now, he also suggested that states facing budget crises could declare bankruptcy.

He said that he is not “interested in borrowing money from future generations to send down to states to help them with bad decisions they’ve made in the past unrelated to the coronavirus epidemic. “

President Donald Trump also pumped the breaks on providing federal assistance to states. In an interview earlier this month he said he was “in no rush” to do so.

He added, “If they do it, they’re going to have to give us a lot.”

Cuomo lambasted the idea of states going bankrupt in a tweet, “One of the really dumb ideas of all time just came from Sen. Mitch McConnell.”

He added, “His suggestion to let states go bankrupt makes no sense. He says he doesn’t want a ‘Blue State Bailout.’ 15,000 people died — this is not the time for politics.”

While states are pleading for funds, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed that Congress would pass a bill that gives funding to state and local governments “in a very significant way,” as IJR reported.

Responses

  1. Too late, the Democrats began doing that months ago. Now that the administration has been successful, the governors want to attempt this spin to coerce the Republicans to agree to the Democrats new $3 trillion bill which includes $ 750 billion in bailouts for states that created their financial troubles years ago with Medicaid expansion, Union subsidies, Sanctuary state waste, social program waste, etc. The Democrats bill also includes many other special interest items on the Democrat’s wish list. One major waste item is guaranteed income, healthcare and education for illegals. Another is delay in student loan payments until Sept and no interest until then, but also forgiveness for massive amounts of student loans. This $3 trillion bill on top of the last 3 aid bills will create a new massive stress on economic recovery. It’s too much.

  2. Unfortunately, I think it’s important to periodically reassure our more fortunate that not a penny of these “relief” checks goes to the very poor — those who lack home addresses and bank accounts.

  3. Sorry Govs. Dems want a bill filled with pork and tons of stuff having nothing to do with the virus. The answer is no.

      1. Diane – You haven’t looked very hard. Some details were released yesterday. It contains lots of the Democrats special interests from their wish list that Pelosi couldn’t get in the CARES bill. This bill was concocted without any invited input from Republicans. It’s like the way Pelosi created an investigative committee without a single Republican on it. The House is becoming a strictly partisan dictatorship.

  4. With Rephucklicans running the senate and shitting in and on the white house the possibility of no pork barreling is zero.

    1. Don’t you get tired of looking stupid. You OBVIOUSLY have no clue what is in the dims relief bill if you are accusing the Republicans of pork barreling. You are nothing but a troll and a bad one, at that.

          1. Did you make out of sixth grade I don’t think so you probably live in the backwoods of Kentucky

          2. Remember tommy boi, YOU are the one that DOESN’T know what a contusion is.

        1. Tom – You spend a lot of time criticizing Stan’s education level for someone that can’t write a single sentence without multiple errors. Another example of an obviously challenged Democrat calling someone else uneducated.

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