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Cuomo joins Biden's virtual meeting with Governor's Association


Governor of new york and the president of the united states joseph Biden thank you on behalf of all the governors it's my pleasure to welcome our new president and a dear friend to the national governors association 2021 winter meeting traditionally the president has been invited to address the governors at their winter meeting and the president would often be kind enough to invite us to join him at the white house, of course, that was in the pre-covered world. 

However, we do miss our white house visit Mr president and we look forward to a possible invitation next year fingers crossed and maybe even an extra special meal to make up for the absence, of course, I would recommend Italian food but the way the NGA operates I'd have to put that up for a vote let us begin by thanking you Mr president for your true spirit of partnership governors bit have been on the front lines of coveting for the past year many of us have felt that we did not always get the federal support we needed we reached you reached out to us right after your election for the first meeting we then had a second meeting just as you were taking office your promise of an ongoing functional partnership has already come to fruition our weekly calls with jeff science and his covet team is truly extraordinary. 

they are genuine discussions and they are problem solving sessions and they've made real progress mr president we thank you not just for your effort but even more for the results you have achieved we understand the difficult situation you inherited upon taking office you had a country anxious for vaccinations and that when you went to the cupboard it was all but bare you have made amazing progress in securing enough vaccines so americans now know that july is a workable timetable certainty quells anxiety in the meantime you have secured enough vaccines to increase our state allocations by 70 percent just since you were elected you successfully provided the states with 100 female reimbursement through your executive action which makes an enormous difference on the ground and finally and perhaps most importantly after years of lobbying by the nga you proposed 350 billion dollars in direct unrestricted aid for states and localities we sincerely thank you we stand ready to help you pass the american rescue plan and please just tell us how we can help and we also stand ready to help you pass a national infrastructure bill real federal infrastructure investment has been promised many times before indeed by at least five former administrations some have said that we have airports that look like they are in a third world country and they are right mr president i remember but we believe that you can get it done and that now is truly the time to do it because the nation needs it we stand ready as your partners shovels poised to hit the ground so governors let's give a warm welcome to the 46th president of the united states president joseph biden thank you very much thank you andrew i appreciate a lot appreciate your friendship let me start by saying guaranteed of rabil do we'll not only have you next next year at this time for the governor's conference but we'll have whatever food you want uh we can go around each one of you we just order individually but all kidding aside i'm anxious to see you i wish you could all be here because that's much better we're all we all do better we're able to look each other in the eye you know what we're talking about but thank you some of you have been here in the meantime but i hope to have a governor's conference here next year god willing you know i've been talking to several of you quite a lot a bit lately and as you know we've approved disaster declarations in texas oklahoma and louisiana in texas fema was already on the ground providing support for covet 19 vaccination efforts so they were able to move quickly to to supply generators food blankets and most importantly water and governor abbott i don't want to ruin your reputation but i look forward to coming down tomorrow to houston to be with you and i want you and the residents to know that we're here to provide the federal assistance you need to support your state your local and tribal response efforts and it's clear that even when the immediate crisis passes there's going to be more work to be done to help constituents recover and my administration will be there every step of the way with you because when people in this country need help they're not democrats or republicans they're all americans and people who need work they're the people getting sick from covert and people facing eviction people going hungry people struggling with opioid crisis and people need broadband they're not democrats or republicans they're our fellow americans and i think the whole spirit of this governor's conference and our administration is is changing the attitude a little bit about how we deal with one another at least i hope so as governors you know this you know that you have one job and that's to deliver you're on the front lines just overuse that phrase but it's hard to overuse it and as the saying goes you're the laboratories of democracy your challenges can provide uh proven to be lessons for everybody your successes can prove to be a model for everybody the storms that hit the south were a painful reminder that so many of our challenges don't stop at our border of our states they don't make distinctions based on on how the state's made up today i want to focus on two of those challenges that cross borders covent and the economy you know better than i do as you know the ability to deal with one will determine our ability to address the other on monday our nation passed a grim grim milestone kova 19 has now taken over 500 000 of our fellow americans that's more than died in world war one world war ii and the vietnam war combined and most governors that's more than the population of the largest cities in your state of your territories gone gone and as a country we have to remember those we lost but particularly those who are left behind but as we remember we also have to act to end the politics of misinformation as divided families communities in the country and it has cost too many lives already we have to fight this together as one to state the obvious i know you all know this you as a friend of mine you say you not only understand me you overstand me we're the united states america and this cruel winter is not over if we come together we can usher a more hopeful spring we can usher it in and that's what we're working to do together as you know i came into office i set a goal which was mocked for by some none of you but by some i set a goal of saying we're going to do 100 million shots get 100 million shots in people's arms in my first hundred days as president i directed jeff science my covet response coordinator to lead my administration and work with vaccine manufacturers to buy more vaccines and speed up delivery we used as some of you have suggested the defense production act to speed up supply chains for key equipment like fill pumps and filters which have helped increase vaccine production we've increased vaccine allocations as as andrew says the governor said to your states by almost 70 percent since coming into office whatever a number of days ago spent 37 or something like that we secured enough vaccine to supply 300 million americans 300 million to take care of all their needs in terms of vaccination by the end of july and we're all and we've all seen in the news that johnson and johnson vaccine is if the fda approves the use of this new vaccine we have a plan to roll out as quickly as johnson and johnson can make the vaccine of course it's not just getting the vaccines it's getting the vaccines in the arms and this is another place where your work and our partnership is making a big difference i've signed an order to allow retired doctors and nurses to give shots we've deployed as you reference indirectly at least andrew we've we've deployed over 1 500 federal personnel as vaccinators and we're funding 1 200 of your guards men and women to serve as vaccinators as well and we're paying for your guard for that purpose we're working with you to create more places where americans can get vaccinated supporting communities in high volume vaccine centers and across your states the result is that we have doubled the daily vaccination rate from where it was when we took office and we've completed 50 million shots in 37 days and we're now we've now given more shots than any nation in the entire world nearly 60 percent of people over the age of 75 have now received at least one shot it was 14 6 weeks ago close to 50 percent because of your help of the people over 65 have received one shot it was eight percent six weeks ago this is so important because people over 65 as you know better than anyone account for eighty percent eighty percent of all the cova deaths additionally about 75 percent of the people who live in long-term care facilities have gotten their first dose and those cases are at the lowest level since reporting began in may at the same time we're also delivering more than 25 million masks over this last week 25 million mass to over 60 thousand food pantries soup kitchens community health centers all across america helping protect some of our nation's most vulnerable people and all and these are all necessary steps to helping the economy rebuild necessary steps not only but not only steps it's enough to build back to where we were before we need to build back better and we i think we all of us know how to do that we remember what happened in the states back in 2008 hundreds of thousands of jobs disappeared every month in that great recession and we passed the recovery act we provided state and local fiscal aid we sent funding to school districts to help save over 300 000 education jobs provided middle class tax relief we invested in the future rebuilding roads and bridges making the biggest clean energy investment in history and the single biggest investment in in infrastructure since eisenhower's interstate highway program and we're creating the process with you all creating the process over uh thousands hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs now economists tell us it saved us from a depression well that's the approach i think we need to take today but there's one big difference we need to be more ambitious right now the greatest risk from all the major economists from wall street to overseas to to the major think tanks is that we don't do enough of what is needed that's where we do too little you know in every one of your states and territories red and blue millions of americans are hurting badly we see it in ways that we've never expected in america four hundred thousand small businesses gone in an instant gone people have thought they had secured jobs out of work due to no fault of their own the difference here is people are hurting through no fault of their own lines miles long in your states people who never ever ever ever thought they'd ever have to worry about going hungry waiting for someone to put a box of groceries in their trunk women's participation in the workforce you all know this is driven to its lowest level in more than three decades so many women are facing the devastating choice between a paycheck and care and education of their child our cities and towns have shed 1.3 million jobs since just last march educators nurses cops firefighters other essential workers the economic toll this pandemic continues to tear through our country as brutally as the virus itself and so we need to comfort the economic you know we just have to step up the economic toll we have to address with the same aggressiveness and some seriousness of purpose as we do the virus and that's what the american rescue plan does instead of chasing covet 19 allows us to get ahead of it with more testing supplies vaccinations it gets our kids back to school safely many of you are already doing that so students can catch up and learning they've lost and parents can finally catch a break the american rescue plan finishes the job of getting a total of two hundred thousand or twenty thousand dollars to direct payments to people getting direct relief to people uh is a lifeline for them and uh bumps our economy into in a higher gear and there's more to the american rescue plan and much more will do provide flexible aid to your cities and states to help essential workers stay in the job and essential services keep going provides rent relief food and nutrition assistance to millions of children and families facing hunger the american rescue plan also expands access to affordable child care that's going to enable parents particularly mothers to get back to work it provides assistance to mom-and-pop small businesses that are the engines of our economic growth and the glue of our communities and it covers the cost of paid leave for businesses whose workers are sickened by covet 19 and it fills an important gap in our nation's safety net that helps reduce the spread of the virus i could go on i'm probably already going on too long but you know you know a lot of it already because the plan was created to include many of the things you have individually collectively asked me for in recent conversations the bottom line is the american rescue plan meets the moment an analysis by an analysis by moody's estimates that it will help the economy create seven million more jobs this year alone and it would be on the way to another 18 million jobs moody's estimates would be created over the next four years with our build back better recovery plan look what we do now will determine whether we build from a position of strength whether we lose years of sluggish and unequal recovery the only way to contain this pandemic and help the american people as quickly as possible is passing the plan as quickly as possible the vast majority of the american people from both parties supported according to the data i'm grateful to many of you democrats and republicans have expressed support as well we are not the type of nation that can or will stand by and watch our people suffer needlessly through no fault of their own it goes against our conscience it goes against sound economics it's not who we are we're people who know that there's nothing we've ever failed to do we've set our mind to doing it so let's get this done i've gotten over 400 mayors contacting me to get this plant passed i a lot of you have moved to do that send millions of americans wherever they live whoever they voted for a strong message that help and hope are on the way we can do this and i hope that jill and i as i said can welcome you all the white house next years for next year's meeting and may god bless you all may god protect our troops we got a lot to do guys but we can do it mr president thank you yes go okay what are we doing now we're taking questions you.

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