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Cuomo warns feds not to 'starve' states

Cuomo warns feds not to 'starve' states
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Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDreaming of space exploration? You're better off riding bikes Cuomo likens COVID-19 to the Grinch: 'The season of viral transmission' For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty MORE (D) warned Tuesday against starving local and state governments of federal funding as they face budget constraints amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“If you starve the states how do you expect the states to be able to fund this entire reopening plan which the governors are in charge of,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing. 

Cuomo pushed for Washington lawmakers to put partisan politics aside and pass a stimulus bill with aid for state and local governments. 

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The aid he said is necessary for states to fund essential services such as police, education and health care amid financial drains after states shut down economies to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

He criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE over comments he made in an interview with The New York Post characterizing the request for aid as “bailouts” for states “run by Democrats.” 

“It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case. Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt,” Trump said. 

“I don’t think the Republicans want to be in a position where they bail out states that are, that have been mismanaged over a long period of time,” he added. 

Cuomo dismissed the argument that the call for federal aid is due to mismanagement by states, noting that he wasn’t calling for aid before the state shut down the economy during the pandemic. 

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“No blue state was asking for a bailout before this coronavirus. I wasn't asking for anything from the federal government [before] the coronavirus,” Cuomo said. 

“Then comes a coronavirus, our economy stops because we shut it down. Now we have a $13 billion deficit, because we stopped the economy. So what we’re asking, every state is asking, because of the coronavirus we need financial help in restarting the economy, and that’s what we’re asking for from the federal government,” Cuomo added.

“How do you call that a bailout? Which is such a loaded word, such a rhetorical, hyperbolic word,” he said. 

Cuomo has previously criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) for making similar comments. 

Cuomo again underscored his comments by stating that “Democratic states have been supporting” states run by Republicans “for years.” He said that New York puts more money into the federal government than it receives, whereas McConnell’s home state of Kentucky does the opposite. 

“This whole discussion Sen. McConnell is raising … is counterproductive, and it will lead to defeat for all of us,” Cuomo said. “You need a bipartisan bill to pass, you go down this path of partisanship and politics, you will never pass a bill. And if you never pass legislation you'll never get this economy back on its feet.”