Rose Blasts Senate Inaction Leading to Massive State and Local COVID Budget Gaps
Congressman: ‘States and cities are facing budget gaps that are going to force our essential workers to get kicked to the curb, all because Mitch McConnell feels zero sense of urgency’
Washington, June 30, 2020
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Watch Rose’s speech HERE.
Citing the drastic budget gaps state and local governments are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Congressman Max Rose delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act swiftly.
“Over 125,000 Americans dead, economic destruction all around us, and cases are spiking around the country,” Rose said on the House floor. “States and cities are facing budget gaps that are going to force our essential workers to get kicked to the curb, all because Mitch McConnell feels zero sense of urgency. Rent and mortgage payments are due tomorrow, taxes are due in a few weeks, small businesses are hanging on for dear life and Mitch McConnell is sitting on his hands caring only about politics.”
Last month, Rose helped pass the Heroes Act, which received bipartisan support and provided over $100 billion in critical relief for New York, including funding for state and local governments, protections and benefits for frontline workers, small businesses, and those hit hardest by the pandemic.
Rose continued, “What happened in my city is happening in Texas, Arizona, and Florida. These states will need our help, too. This is about the people who saved our country: our essential workers, doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters. We passed the Heroes Act—where’s your bill Mitch? Do something. Do your job. Because the rest of America is doing theirs right now.”
Last week, citing the enormous stress the coronavirus pandemic was putting on New York City’s budget, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that over 22,000 public sector employees could be laid off. Additionally, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced a halt to all major projects, including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations, will be frozen indefinitely due to financial strain from the coronavirus pandemic.