South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem argued Tuesday that Democrats’ huge COVID-19 relief bill is “incredibly damaging to our state” and called it “very unfair.”
Noem told “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that she believes the bill “bails out states that shut down their economies” and “rewards them for keeping people in their homes and for taking away the right of a business to be open. and cared for “. your customers and your employees. ”
“So it is incredibly damaging to our state because we made the right decisions. We trust people,” he said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and we are tied with Nebraska and we are topping it together.”
“What this bill does is reward New York, Illinois and California for their wrongdoing and the transfer of our personal liberties and liberties,” he added.
House Democrats are on track to pass President Biden’s nearly $ 2 trillion coronavirus relief package by the end of the week as Congress rushes to provide a new round of aid to families and businesses who still recovering from the pandemic.
The measure, which includes a third stimulus check of $ 1,400 for Americans earning less than $ 75,000, awards $ 350 billion to state and local governments.
But deficit-weary Republicans have criticized the size and scope of the legislation, arguing that the aid should be better targeted to those who need it most and criticizing Democrats for including certain provisions.
The nation’s deficit totaled a record $ 3.1 trillion for fiscal year 2020, and the national debt is on track to reach $ 28 trillion.
Noem acknowledged Tuesday that she is not sure “how the bill will play out.”
“What is frustrating to me is that people attack us in South Dakota for taking the route and the path that we took,” he said, noting that what is not talked about is that his status is “in the top three. of the nation that vaccinates our people. ” . “
Noem stressed that South Dakota has been “very proactive in making sure people have access to the vaccine” and that the state is “protecting our vulnerable population and people are happy.”
“Congress must do the right thing,” he said. “They need to stop making bills like this.”
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He went on to emphasize that members of Congress “must begin to focus on what made America great and that was trusting people, protecting our freedoms and making responsible fiscal decisions.”
Megan Henney of Fox Business contributed to this report.