Pelosi points to $1 trillion need for state and local governments in next coronavirus bill

Source: The Seattle Times - View Original Article
Published: Apr 30, 2020
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90% "Many state governments and local leaders have said they have begun mass layoffs, including of public safety workers, as a result of the virus.""
85% "It's also unclear where a compromise might be found on the question of including liability protections for businesses as McConnell is demanding.""
84% "Democrats insist that the extreme budgetary problems hitting state and local governments are largely a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of ..."
81% "And that's something that we feel strongly about.""
77% "Pelosi's comments set up an intense clash with Senate Republicans as Congress begins to debate its next steps in responding to the pandemic.""
76% "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.""
75% "We see this as a partnership.""

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90% : President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has suggested he will not approve more funding for states and cities unless they change their immigration policies to eliminate protections for unauthorized immigrants.
90% : Many state governments and local leaders have said they have begun mass layoffs, including of public safety workers, as a result of the virus.
85% : Trump replied, "I will say that's a tough question, because you're talking about the states, and whether you call it a bailout or a lot of money, and a lot of it's for years, long before you were there."
85% : It's also unclear where a compromise might be found on the question of including liability protections for businesses as McConnell is demanding.
84% : Democrats insist that the extreme budgetary problems hitting state and local governments are largely a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of tax revenue, as well as payments for unemployment claims and other needs.
81% : "And that's something that we feel strongly about.
77% : Pelosi's comments set up an intense clash with Senate Republicans as Congress begins to debate its next steps in responding to the pandemic.
76% : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
75% : Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday that states have $500 billion in needs, a figure cited by the National Governors Association, while municipalities and local governments have sought a similar amount.
75% : We see this as a partnership."
74% : , has said repeatedly in recent days that he will not agree to additional spending for state and local governments unless Congress also passes liability protections for businesses and health-care workers - an idea Pelosi has rejected.
72% : "We're not going to be able to cover all of it, but to the extent that we can keep the states and localities sustainable, that's our goal," she said.
67% : Meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said his state could take a $20 billion to $30 billion hit from the coronavirus, assistance they would need from the federal government.
67% : House leaders backtracked on plans to reconvene next week, citing medical concerns, although the Senate will be coming back into session next week.
66% : There were some bitter partisan clashes along the way, but lawmakers on both sides believe crafting the next relief package will be even harder, as Republicans begin to focus on encouraging the economy to reopen as Democrats remain intent on pumping additional federal funding into the economy.
63% : She said the money could be made available to spend over several years.
59% : Pelosi and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., also discussed Thursday the need to include an investment in broadband.
58% : The $2 trillion Cares Act that Congress passed in late March included $150 billion for states, but the money was restricted to use for coronavirus response, which some governors and mayors have complained has made it difficult for them to tap to help their budgetary needs.
57% : We've already provided $150 billion," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters Thursday after presiding over a brief "pro forma" session of the Senate.
56% : "That strikes me as a pretty outrageous number, just for state and local support.
53% : We don't see it as a bailout.
53% : It is about what your outlays are for the virus and what your revenue loss is on that," Pelosi said.
53% : And so if we do another rescue package, and we may, we need to take our time, do it right, and it needs to include these liability protections so that all of these brave workers and brave businesses that will be reopening are not subjected to this second epidemic of litigation."
52% : House Democrats are also considering a wide variety of other provisions as they assemble the next coronavirus package, including additional direct payments to individuals, more money for food stamps and health care providers, housing assistance and potentially money for the Postal Service and voting by mail.
51% : Republicans immediately rejected the notion of devoting such a large amount of money to state and local budgets.
48% : "This is to allow us to keep firefighters, teachers, police, [emergency medical services] on the payroll, serving the communities in their hour of need," Murphy said.
47% : At a news conference earlier this week, Pelosi told reporters, "We would not be inclined to be supporting any immunity from liability.
43% : WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Democrats are weighing about $1 trillion in state and local government needs for the next coronavirus spending bill, a much larger figure than previously discussed that would represent an enormous federal commitment to bailing out hammered state and local budgets.
43% : But he said he would favor allowing states and local governments to have more flexibility in how they can spend the money, an issue he said he's been hearing about from constituents.
42% : Pelosi suggested the House would be returning to the Capitol the week of May 11.
41% : "This is strictly about the coronavirus.
33% : Republicans and Trump say they don't want to bail out states that they allege have been mismanaged in the past.
19% : "If you generate your revenue in a city or county or state by sales tax, and there are no sales because everybody shut down, I think that's related to the coronavirus and I would favor giving them flexibility," Cornyn said.
19% : In an earlier interview on Fox News Channel, McConnell said that Republicans were not interested in borrowing from future generations to bail out states for "bad decisions they've made in the past unrelated to the coronavirus," "We don't need an epidemic of lawsuits in the wake of the pandemic," McConnell added.
15% : "I talked about almost $1 trillion right there," Pelosi said, while adding that "we do have other issues that we want to deal with" in the next spending bill.
4% : Congress has already passed four bipartisan bills to address the coronavirus, totaling nearly $3 trillion, an unprecedented sum.

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