Sen. Chuck Schumer On New York, The Response So Far And A Possible Fourth Relief Bill
Former FDA head Scott GOTTLIEB issued this warning to Americans last month March eighth. The next two weeks are really going to change the complexion this country. We'll get through this but it's going to be a hard period. We'RE LOOKING AT TWO MONTHS. Probably have difficulty as has become painfully clear. Gottlieb was right that the complexion of daily life in America has changed dramatically. Tens of thousands of people have been sickened by the corona virus. Millions of lost their jobs and doctors and governors are warning about American hospitals at a breaking point last night in the White House briefing room. President trump warned about another critical two week period. I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We'RE GONNA go to a very tough two weeks. The president flanked thereby his public health advisors. Dr Deb IRKS. Dr Anthony said one hundred thousand to two hundred forty thousand could die from the corona virus. And that's the best case scenario. So how will? America's leaders help Americans navigate this period and beyond well. Let's bring in one of those leaders. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Democrat of New York. Senator Schumer welcome good afternoon. Mary Louise I know you are joining us on the line from your home in Brooklyn would you start there? What what does it look to New York right now? The epicenter as it were it's eerie because the streets are empty We I only seen four people in since I got back from Washington a week ago Wednesday and got in my car midnight. I wanted to get out of Washington. Get Home Quick. Got Home at four thirty and I've seen four people my wife my daughter and son-in-law because their apartment smaller living with us in my one and a half year old grandson I do get to 'em on for two hours a day and chasing him around is as exhausting as anything but is in there. Yeah social thing like not that Yes yes I do go out for a walk in. My doctor said just a six feet away from anyone. I probably make it twelve feet so I'm walking the street a lot of the time and I hope people don't think I'm upset with them when they see people I know and I just crossed the street now rather quickly remarkable at the isolation for New York is particularly confounding. Because we're people who like to be together after nine eleven. We hugged each other and clung to each other. We ride the subways and we're in close contact with people of different backgrounds and every different type and here. We are were isolated. We don't know how long this is going to last. We know where the center but there are a few things that you know. I'm on the phone. Almost twenty four seven today. I asked the president to give us a hundred percent of the FEMA aid. He said he'd look at it I'm calling on the president also to have as czar for distribution of these hospital Of THE SUPPLIES. We need the. Ppe's and the masks and the ventilators they have pointed someone under the defense production. Act The act that allowed during the Truman administration the government to take over factories and produce. And they're starting to do that but they're not distributing it well so our mayor had a call. Sweden to try and get ventilators. The governor had a call to someone in California. They said well. We're sending them overseas. The president should appoint probably a general. Who's an expert at quarter mastering getting supplies from one place to the other to take over the supplying and giving the places that need The ventilators in the mass the preference of everybody just catches catch Kellyanne. Let me I think the other thing. The one other thing I've asked for is that the federal government today I asked the president to Pay Hazard pay to all of those on the front linus lines. These nurses these doctors The healthcare workers they're risking their lives. I'm sure when they walk to work or take the subway to work. They still have to get there. They're wondering will I catch this virus? They're like the firefighters and police officers and construction workers where heroes of nine eleven. These are our heroes today and they should get hazard. Pay The federal government every federal worker as it paying. I think in the next co Bill. We should require it for everyone. Shifts your senator to the news of the day and the possibility of a fourth rescue package speaker. Pelosi's been talking about this all week Over in the Senate though Senate Majority Leader Mitch. Mcconnell says hey. It's way too early to talk about another package. We haven't even got the programs we funded in the one. We signed last week up and running the land on that. I think they're both right. We should be focusing right away. We passed to use package. We Democrats played the major role in shaping at the Republican. Bill did not help average folks and did not have a Marshall Plan for hospitals. We did and so getting those unemployment checks you know. The Federal Government under are unemployed on. Steroids has said that we will pay every worker. Their full salary for four months and the company doesn't have to fire them they can follow them. Stay on the payroll so when God willingness crisis is over these companies restaurants manufacturing places can reassemble having not lost their workers right because they're getting paid and getting followed. Well we need those unemployment checks to be out in two weeks and I've asked the president to make sure that happens. The President President. Yeah the the the president calling in this next package for another two trillion dollars. Yeah aimed at and don't let me just put a question which is do we have another two two trillion minutes two trillion here two trillion. There can we afford this already opposite. Look I think we'll do a covert for we have to and there are certain things we must. We have to look at election reform. How are people going to vote and we need to lay out? How and we may have to look lay out. How Congress is GonNa vote if we can't you know the Senate? They have to fly the house from all over the country. I think we have do things with paid leave. Paid sick leave. Paid family leave as for an infrastructure package. When you start looking down the road and you say how do we get our economy going? And how deep is the hit to our economy. There is no better thing than infrastructure. But I think that that the first job is to beat this healthcare crisis and deal with people who have their immediate problems and I would not at all be adverse to infrastructure package. I wanted to be quite green looking at the future. As well as the traditional infrastructure it does from the question of how infrastructure work would even get done. When when much of the country's on lockdown exactly so it's a it's a longer-range view of getting the economy back but job number one get that those materials to our hospitals into our healthcare workers. Get the unemployment checks out to people who need it. Make sure that thousand dollar payment. I talked to the president today and I said you know not the President Mnuchin. Rather getting treasury secretary moved into each other. Yeah make sure that people who don't have Who Haven't paid taxes or don't have some kind of job pay. Everyone on social security should get one of these checks just in the moments we have left. Senator Can Congress do anything about that about getting those checks to people who need to pay their bills to pay rent. I think we did a very good job. Not Perfect meet. Occulted for On on on laying out what has to happen now. It's up to the administration to get it done but we have to watch them like a hawk because this administration is not good at administering senator. Thank you nice to talk to you Mary. Louise Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tacking to us there from his home in Brooklyn.