Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., told Fox News on Thursday that now is "not the time" for Democrats to push progressive policies in the coronavirus response bills, saying "lives are on the line."
Rose told "America’s Newsroom" that "if, for a second, you think that this is an opportunity to insert some random tenets of the Green New Deal, some random things that support the Kennedy Center, or anything else that the far-left calls for, this is not the time."
He added, "I will be the first to come back on and say: 'No, this is not the time to do this. This is wrong. You're putting lives on the line.'"
Rose identified "three separate groups" that are causing problems, saying, "if we don't deal with all three groups, we don't stand a chance of properly addressing this crisis."
He continued, "Of course that [Small Business Association] fund needs to be replenished and replenished quickly. On the same hand, though, our hospitals are going through an enormous economic crisis of their own – one that we haven't discussed nearly enough. They had to turn off elective surgeries: the principal ways in which they generate revenue. We can't see our hospitals shut down, or else this virus will overtake society once again."
"And, lastly, our state and local governments – especially in the hardest-hit places like New York – their tax revenue has declined substantially," Rose concluded. "They're not going to be able to pay cops and teachers and so many other folks. I see no reason why we can't deal with all three on the same hand."
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