U.S. governors question cost of Trump COVID-19 aid plans, urge talks to continue
Republican and Democratic governors said on Monday President Donald Trump’s coronavirus relief measures were too expensive for states to implement as they struggle with the costs of the pandemic, and called on officials in Washington to resume negotiations on federal aid.
“We are concerned about the significant administrative burdens and costs this latest action would place on the states,” the leaders of the National Governors Association said in a statement.
“The best way forward is for the Congress and the Administration to get back to the negotiating table and come up with a workable solution, which should provide meaningful additional relief for American families,” New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, and Arkansas’ Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, said.
Talks on a new coronavirus relief package between top Trump administration officials and congressional Democratic leaders collapsed on Friday without an agreement and the two sides have not been in touch since. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a $3.4 trillion aid bill in May.
In a bid to move ahead without Congress, the Republican president on Saturday signed executive orders and a memorandum seeking to provide relief to workers, businesses, and local governments.
11 August 2020