Mayor De Blasio Slams GOP’s New Stimulus Bill As 'A Non-Starter'

Rich Lamb
July 28, 2020 - 7:23 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday slammed Senate Republican’s stimulus proposal as “a non-starter.”

    On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a newly proposed coronavirus relief package termed the HEALS Act — an acronym which stands for "Health, Economic, Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools."

    The plan calls for a second direct payment of $1,200 to taxpayers but the weekly unemployment benefits will decrease from the current $600 to $200.

    The reduction is meant to be a temporary stand-in as states implement a system that will pay jobless Americans 70% of their prior incomes, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said on Monday.

    De Blasio said the GOP plan just doesn't work, adding it fails places hit hardest by the coronavirus like New York City.

    “We need to fight for a much better, much cleared stimulus,” he said. “Think about the first responders, the healthcare heroes, think about the teachers, think about the sanitation workers - all the people we depend on right now don't know if they're going to have their jobs in the future. The very people who fought through this crisis and saved us.”

    The mayor also stressed that the GOP bill does not include more funding for local governments.

    “There is no new revenue coming unless the stimulus happens in Washington at the level we need it to, we won't be able to save the jobs, we won't be able to save the jobs that deserve to be saved. We won't be able to restart the economy,” de Blasio said.

    The mayor added that the city will be forced to lay off 22,000 employees on October 1 without more help from the federal government. 

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