Tuesday, October 6, 2020
CHICAGO – Illinois State Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza released the following statement reacting to President Trump’s announcement today that he is scrapping stimulus negotiations that would help states including Illinois weather the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The president of the United States is now officially holding Americans hostage and attempting to bribe them for votes. While Americans suffer because of his shameful mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump tweets that he has called off negotiations on a stimulus bill until and unless he wins re-election. To be clear, Illinois and other states seek federal assistance not for legacy problems that, at least here in Illinois, we are dealing with. The stimulus request is to cover lost revenues directly caused by the COVID crisis that would not have cost the United States nearly as much in lives and money had the president done his job responsibly. His selfish action will further drive up his already indefensible death toll and further hurt Americans and states that are struggling financially.”
– Illinois State Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza