Ron DeSantis Says Rick Scott’s Name for Restoration Funds “Would not Make Sense”
Within a few weeks of his tenure, Joe Biden passed a massive stimulus package. Legislation will put money in the pockets of millions of Americans and help countless small businesses too.
The measure is favored by over 2/3 of Americans and more than half of the country’s Republicans. GOP lawmakers are now in the unenviable position of having the slam the massively popular bill.
Rick Scott came up with an idiotic plan to show that stimulus money was not needed in the Red States. The Florida Senator wrote a letter to the Republican governors. He urged:
“If you refuse and return unneeded funds as well as funds unrelated to COVID-19, you would be acting responsibly to avoid wasting scarce taxpayers’ money. After all, every dollar in this package is borrowed. “
The governor of Scott’s own state of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, was puzzled by the idea. “It doesn’t make sense, ”he said. “If Florida would send the money back, [Treasury Secretary Janet] Yellen will send it to Illinois, California, New York, or New Jersey. I don’t think that would make sense for Floridians – for us, the blue states, which are already getting such a big gust of wind on this bill, to give even more money. “
According to PoliticoDeSantis has called for the money to be used for everything from paying $ 1,000 to law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters to spending more on marketing and transportation projects in tourism. “
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