Schumer Statement On President Trump Declaring Coronavirus A National Emergency

March 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump declaring coronavirus a national emergency:

“I'm pleased the president heeded our calls to invoke the Stafford Act to extend vital financial assistance to help keep communities safe from the coronavirus outbreak. I urge New York and other states to immediately request these newly available funds and for the Trump administration to approve these requests without delay.

“As other steps are considered, the president must not overstep his authority or indulge his autocratic tendencies for purposes not truly related to this public health crisis.”

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