Some States Like New York Could Lose Billions in Stimulus Bill Money the Longer It’s Delayed

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Some states together with New York are set to obtain much less federal stimulus cash from Congress’ $three trillion Heroes Act the longer Senate Republicans maintain up passage of the most recent coronavirus response laws.

New York lawmakers, together with one Republican, mentioned the state shouldn’t be “penalized” for lowering its quantity of coronavirus instances. The Heroes Act handed on May 15 awards billions of {dollars} to states primarily based on their share of the nation’s COVID-19 infections – which in New York, is quickly declining. And whereas state lawmakers acknowledged that this discount in instances is clearly a optimistic pattern, they expressed concern that Senate Republicans are holding up the stimulus to make sure their states obtain extra regardless of doing much less to cease the unfold early on.

Democratic State Representative Tom Suozzi led a number of members of Congress in penning a letter final week that highlighted how New York’s share of the $49 billion state award program has already dropped by $530 million. That lower is because of New York’s share of total U.S. instances dropping by 1 share level from 24 to 23 p.c, the most important decline of any state within the nation, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I want our percentage [of COVID-19 cases] to go down. That’s good for New York,” Suozzi told Newsday on Friday. He continued: “I’ll work with others to see if we can advocate to increase the $49 billion dollar fund to be a bigger pot of money.”

Newsweek reached out to Suozzi’s workplace for extra remark Saturday morning.

Suozzi has for weeks blasted Senate Republicans, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell particularly, tweeting in late April that New York taxpayers “have given the federal government $116 billion more than we’ve received in federal spending, while Kentucky has RECEIVED $148 billion more in federal spending than they gave. NY subsidizes KY!”

Senate Republicans have repeatedly mentioned they need to briefly halt any and all federal spending amid the coronavirus pandemic, suddenly citing the nation’s astronomical debt. As Newsday famous Saturday, New York remains to be set to obtain about $11.three billion of the $49 billion fund as of final week. But even that quantity is down from the $11.eight billion when the House handed the invoice May 15. And if Congress waits till the tip of June to approve the invoice, as some lawmakers have proposed, that quantity might fall an extra $2.four billion.

Republican Congressman Peter King, the lone member of the GOP to vote for the Heroes Act within the House, concurred that the Senate ought to cease holding up the most recent spherical of stimulus support.

“New York really shouldn’t be penalized for success, for doing the right thing,” he informed Newsday Friday.

Some States Like New York Could Lose Billions in Stimulus Bill Money the Longer It's Delayed
Some states together with New York are set to obtain much less federal stimulus cash from Congress’ $three trillion Heroes Act the longer Senate Republicans maintain up passage of the most recent coronavirus response laws. Alex Wong/Getty Images