To the editor:
On average, 22 per day, as per Glenn Kessler (Washington Post Fact Checker) — that’s the number of lies Trump tells. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Trump “soldier,” may not be far behind. A recent mailer sent by her described her response to the COVID-19 crisis. It said she was “managing the safe reopening of the economy,” that she was “listening.” She is leading a New York delegation to ensure that federal departments (HHS, CMS) investigate New York’s adherence to safety for nursing home and long-term-care facilities. She believes that she did enough financial stimulus, in March, with the CARES Act.
In May, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the federal government might have to spend more than the trillions it’s already shelled out to keep businesses and families afloat (NPR). Stefanik voted against the HEROS Act.
Like all bills, it was not perfect, but the HEROS Act includes billions for health care providers, coronavirus testing and tracing, and additional stimulus monies for the unemployed. Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) voted in favor, noting that $875 billion for state and local governments is about “survival.” To be fair, he was the only Republican, and he is retiring. New York state pays more in federal taxes than it receives from the federal government (www.osc.state.ny.us).
The HEROS Act includes expanding voting accesses via mail, no-excuse absentee voting, online and same-day voting. With COVID-19, ensuring our constitutional right to vote is imperative. In April, “Donald Trump’s reelection campaign launched a massive, legal pricey fight to block changes to the voting process, including vote by mail proposed for November.” (Politico)
Back to lies, the mailer was propaganda. Read the Adirondack Daily Enterprise detailing Stefanik’s opposition to the HEROS Act (Aaron Cerbone, May 21), complete with fact checking.
Vote Tedra Cobb in November, we need someone looking out for NY-21.