Governor Cuomo on COVID-19 Relief Package: ‘I’m Disappointed’

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“When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, venting after the Senate passed a two trillion dollar relief package.

The Governor said out of the two trillion, the state of New York which is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis only gets five billion dollars, with just 1.3 billion of that going to the city. 

Cuomo says that money can only be put towards COVID-19 expenses, not lost revenue.  New York, right now, is looking at a budget shortfall between eight and 15 billion dollars. 

“I’m disappointed. I said I’m disappointed. I find it irresponsible, I find it reckless,” Cuomo said.

Senators, including New York’s Chuck Schumer on the other hand, were celebrating this act of bipartisanship.

“It’s a historic day because it matches a historic crisis,” said Schumer.

The aim of the far-reaching deal is to boost a damaged U.S. economy. The bill includes 250 billion dollars for direct payments to individuals and families, 250 billion in unemployment benefits, 350 billion in small business loans and 500 billion dollars for distressed companies.

“The Senate has pivoted from one of the most contentious, partisan periods in the nation’s history to passing this rescue package,” said Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader.

Even President Donald Trump was pleased, tweeting “96-0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations America!” 

The legislation now goes to the House for a vote tomorrow. It’s expected it will pass, and President Trump says he will sign it into law.