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Gov. Cuomo facing backlash for now supporting reopening the economy

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday, the same day as his 2021 State of the State speech, tweeted his support for reopening the economy despite his previous hesitancy toward reopening and his tightened COVID-19 restrictions during the holidays. For this, he is facing severe backlash from conservatives across Twitter.

In a statement posed to Twitter just before noon, the Empire State governor said that New York cannot afford to wait until the vaccine “hits critical mass” to reopen the economy.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” he tweeted. “The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

Back in November, before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, ahead of the holidays and amid COVID-19 cases spiking across the state and the country, Cuomo brought back coronavirus restrictions that ended indoor dining in New York City and further restricted the size of gatherings among other orders. In response to these restrictions, many restaurant and bar owners angrily protested.

While the tweet’s number of likes clocked in at 13,300 as of 2:28 pm (ET), the amount of quote tweets numbered at around 10,400, with most of them being critical of Cuomo’s statement.

Here are some of these tweets slamming the three-term governor:

https://twitter.com/robert_mariani/status/1348692308070256641?s=21

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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