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Rep. Donalds to Newsmax TV: COVID-19 Outcomes Differ in Florida, NYC Due to Leadership

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By    |   Friday, 05 February 2021 07:30 PM

Rep. Byron Donalds said Friday that the difference as to why Florida is relatively open despite the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and New York City is a relative ghost town is leadership.

Donalds appeared on Newsmax TV after making his debut speech on the floor of the House of Representatives earlier in the day, relating a story about his brother and how he is struggling as a part owner of a bar-restaurant in New York City.

''They’re having a hell of a time staying open,'' Donalds explained on ''Spicer & Co.'' ''Why? Because of the draconian regulatory environment brought by (Mayor) Bill de Blasio in the City of New York. Conversely, you have business owners, same type of business model here in southwest Florida — or anywhere in Florida — and they’re able to open and flourish.

''The difference isn’t COVID-19. The difference is leadership.''

The 42-year-old Republican freshman, who represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District along the state’s southwest Gulf Coast, also decried the proposed $1.9 trillion so-called American Rescue Plan by the Democrats. It is a package marketed as a method to blunt the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, but Donalds dismissed it as just more wasteful spending.

He called for targeted spending, seeking to bolster businesses and individuals unquestionably impacted by the health emergency closures, such as the hospitality industry and movie theaters. He said a theater owner appeared before the House small business committee on which he serves.

''If we’re going to provide stimulus, let’s be smart about it,'' Donalds said. ''But what the Democrats are trying to do is use the crisis to fund their wish list. That’s why they’re going after local governments. That’s why they’re trying to give more money to schools, even when schools already have $50 billion in the pipeline, and they just need to open.

''And so it’s important that the Republican side of the aisle makes sure the American people know how frivolous and reckless the Democrats are just so they can look good on TV.''

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Rep. Byron Donalds said Friday that the difference as to why Florida is relatively open despite the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and New York City is a relative ghost town is leadership. Donalds appeared on Newsmax TV after making his debut speech on the floor of the...
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