Rep. Waltz: Biden's COVID-19 Plan a 'Bailout' for Failed Blue States Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. (Bill Clark/AP)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 15 January 2021 02:58 PM
President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package proposal is a "bailout" for Democrat-run states that did not handle the pandemic as well as other states did, Rep. Michael Waltz said Friday.
"This is a bailout package for blue states for their bad policies, for their lockdown policies," the Florida Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The best stimulus that we could have as a country is to allow the economy to smartly and safely open like we have done in Florida."
He noted that in his state, children have been in school in person since late August and there is not a "statewide meltdown."
"You can wear masks and space out and go to school because we take the approach of letting business owners and individuals and families make those smart decisions, rather than these mass policies from lockdowns," said Waltz. "Our numbers aren't any worse or aren't any different than California and New York, but, you know, now they have these massive state budget deficits."
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center, as of Friday afternoon, there have been 40,510 deaths from COVID-19 in New York, 32,351 deaths in California, and 23,613 deaths in Florida.
Waltz argued that states must balance their budgets, but instead they "are going to the big piggy bank in the sky that prints nonstop money."
The most recent spending package was $1.5 trillion, said Waltz, and "we have now spent over six trillion and counting. And bringing it full circle to the bigger picture, you know, the Chinese military, their command is counting on this country going bankrupt before they then make their big moves around the world. And every estimate I have seen has accelerated that between 2024 and 2026 now with this additional spending."