“I can be as much a red state person as anyone. But now we're talking about survival. And this is no place for politics. There's a lot in the bill that I disagree with, but Mitch McConnell refuses to bring up aid to state and local governments. New York will absolutely collapse if that aid money is not there,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News on Friday.
The House of Representatives is set to hold a remote hearing to vote on the $3 trillion package proposed by democrats later today. King said that there are lots of provisions in the bill he doesn’t like, but the legislation proposed by the house Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, includes $875 billion for cash for state and local governments—something New York needs desperately.
“We know it’s necessary because I can tell you right now there's going to be large, large gaps in the budgets at the local level, at the state level entirely because of the coronavirus,” King said.
“My understanding is the bill is going to pass. I'm voting for it reluctantly, but I really have no choice,” King said.
“There’s also a lot of Republicans in the Senate who do believe that aid should be given to the state and local governments. It will give them an opportunity to work with something and then they can start stripping out what they believe doesn't belong there. Send it back to a conference so we can pass it.”