With Georgia shifting the US Senate to Democratic control, Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed disappointment, but acknowledged the change could mean increased federal aid for Florida.
“I said to my wife, when the results came in, I was like, you know, what it’s going to mean now is as governor, they’re going to try to send a lot of money to the states. , because they want to send that money to New York and California, or whatever, ”DeSantis said in a keynote address last week in Austin, Austin, Austin.
“They’re probably going to do something that if I was in Congress I would have voted against,” DeSantis continued. “But if they send me money, we’re happy to take it and we’ll put it to good use. Probably strengthen our budgetary reserves. ”
DeSantis called the election results in Georgia “disappointing”,
“Now we’re facing a situation where you’re going to see them potentially more able to do some of the really aggressive things that we didn’t think were possible the day after the election,” DeSantis said. “Because I think we all just assumed, you know, we were going to hold the Senate.
President Joe Biden has proposed a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes money to step up vaccinations and testing, money to help businesses, additional stimulus checks for Americans and an increase in weekly unemployment assistance.
Many Republicans have repeatedly opposed further pandemic aid for states last year, arguing that Congress should not bail out liberal politicians who cannot budget within their means.
“It’s one thing to say ‘COVID has hurt the economy, you have income (problems), OK, we want to help you.’ But that’s another thing to say: “we’re going to use COVID as a pretext to be able to bail out pensions” or to be able to do things that are really the result of mismanagement, not the result of COVID, “DeSantis said in May.
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