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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) slammed the enormous $2 trillion economic stimulus package hashed out by Congress to stabilize the US economy from the impact of the battering from the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic, as inadequate.
Cuomo, who has become a national leader as the virus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic has continued on, said that the stimulus package doesn’t address his state’s lost revenue, which he estimated at between $10 billion to $15 billion.
In the United States, there have been 93,151 reported cases, including 1,382 deaths, according to the most recent figures.
New York is the site of the most reported cases in the nation, where at least some hospitals are already at a breaking point.
“The congressional action, in my opinion, simply failed to address the governmental need. I spoke to all the officials involved, I spoke to our House delegation, I spoke to our senators, and I believe what they did failed to meet the governmental need. I’m disappointed. I said I was disappointed. I find it irresponsible. I find it reckless,” the governor said. “Emotion is a luxury and we don’t have the luxury at this time of being emotional about what they did. When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind. But I would say to them today, this is an extraordinary time in this nation and it’s an extraordinary time for government. This was the time to put politics aside and partisanship aside. This is the time for governmental leaders to stop making excuses and just do your job. Do your job.
“We’re one nation. You know the places in this nation that have the most intense problems. Address the places that need the help. This is not a time to point fingers. This is not a time to make excuses. This is not a time to blame everyone else. We’ve lived with that in Washington for years. Now is a time to actually step up, do the right thing and do your job. And they haven’t as far as I’m concerned, especially when it comes to the governmental need,” Cuomo added. “In any event, we have to do a budget and the budget is due April 1. So the only responsible course for us is, number one, we have to address this revenue loss.”
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