New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday pleaded with the president of the United States to release 20,000 ventilators that have been stockpiled by the federal government.
During his daily pandemic briefing, Cuomo said that New York needs an additional 30,000 ventilators due to the spike in coronavirus cases.
“The federal government has 20,000 ventilators, or thereabouts, in the federal stockpile,” Cuomo explained. “Secretary [Alex Azar] runs an agency called HHS — Health and Human Services. I asked the secretary, ‘Look at the first word in the title of the agency you run. It is health. Your first priority is health. You have 20,000 ventilators in the stockpile. Release the ventilators to New York.'”
“How can we be in a situation where you can have New Yorkers possibly dying because they can’t get a ventilator, but a federal agency saying, I’m going to leave the ventilators in the stockpile?” he added. “I mean, have we really come to that point?”
Watch Cuomo’s plea for ventilators below.
NY Gov. Cuomo calls on federal government to make use of stockpile of ventilators, saying to HHS Sec. Alex Azar: "Look at the first word in the title of the agency you run: it is health. Your first priority is health…Release the ventilators to New York!" https://t.co/ROp46E1L8p pic.twitter.com/oKxL3hzANb
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 24, 2020
Senator plans amendment to end transfer of military equipment to police as violence erupts across the country
With the militarization of local police forces on full display as heavily armed cops and armored vehicles patrol the streets and crack down on protests over the killing of George Floyd, Sen. Brian Schatz on Sunday said he plans to introduce an amendment to end the federal program that permits the transfer of excess military equipment to police departments across the nation.
"I will be introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to discontinue the program that transfers military weaponry to local police departments," the Hawaii Democrat tweeted late Sunday.
As Texas businesses reopen, a short-lived coronavirus safety net is dismantled
Evictions and debt collections have resumed, child care subsidies will be discontinued and those who are out of work will again have to prove they are searching for a job in order to receive unemployment benefits.
This spring, as a global pandemic promised historic suffering and economic ruin, Texas officials reached for unfamiliar tools. They wove together some protections for the vulnerable, expanding unemployment benefits and child care subsidies, limiting evictions, utility shutoffs and debt collections.
It wasn’t just Derek Chauvin who crushed the life out of George Floyd — it was the force of American history
Encouraging police brutality and other forms violence is one of Donald Trump's favorite things to do.
In a 2017 speech, Donald Trump told police: "Please don't be too nice" to suspected criminals.
Predictably, Trump's administration has systematically removed civil rights protections designed to hold America's police accountable for acts of brutality and other crimes against the public.
On Memorial Day, Donald Trump's wish came true (again).
George Floyd was detained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and three of his colleagues on suspicion of using a forged $20 bill to make a purchase at a local convenience store.