Your comment comes less than 24 hours after the Senate unanimously voted to approve a historic $ 2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. According to Bowser, the 50 states each received at least $ 1.25 billion, but the district received $ 500 million. She said the idea of being treated like a territory was “shocking” and “annoying.”
“It’s wrong. It’s outrageous,” she said during a press conference. “We are not a territory. Unlike the territories, we pay more taxes than 22 states. We have a larger population than several states and are treated as a state by thousands of federal laws and programs.”
She continued: “It is irresponsible to grant DC the least amount of funding from any state, especially given the unique challenges we face as the seat of the federal government.”
On Wednesday, Bowser and DC City Council chairman Phil Mendelson co-signed a letter
This was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressing concern about the proposed allocation amount of the law before the Senate vote.
During a press conference on Thursday morning, House Representative Nancy Pelosi said she was not satisfied with the treatment in Washington, DC. She said the district was being treated “discriminatory” and said that she wanted to correct this in the next bill.
“But it was strange that in this bill they decided to treat the District of Columbia very discriminatory,” said Pelosi. “It really doesn’t make sense if you have no other motivation.”
There are more than 75,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, at least 231 in the country’s capital.
Bowser ordered that unnecessary business in the district be closed at 10 p.m. on March 25. by April 24, accession to several other states that have implemented the restriction. On Wednesday, residents of Washington received an emergency alarm asking them to stay home and only make essential trips.