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GOP sen blasts WHO leadership: It's politicized by Chinese money

GOP sen blasts WHO leadership: It's politicized by Chinese money
the US Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to convert the Miami Beach Convention Center into a medical facility to help assist in the sea v19 response Ainsley currently Florida has more than 14,000 700 confirmed cases and health officials expect the peak to hit that state at the beginning of May yep so joining us right now from Miami Florida Senator Marco Rubio senator I want to talk to you about this rescue plan because you focused on small business while were you the chairman of the subcommittee there but I first want to get to your sense of Florida I saw those huge lines when it come to food banks how is the people of Florida responding to the lockdown well I want to say the people of Florida have responded well in terms of following the mandate so obviously there are people that try to get around and people that have to you know it's interesting you know if you work in a blue-collar job you're probably out there having to work right now whether you work at the grocery store or CVS Walgreens or at some other place that's been deemed essential and of course all the people first responders and so forth but by and large you've seen that Florida has outperformed all of the models it's not because the models were wrong it's because we are but we are doing our part and we're going to keep an eye on that and I also think our local hospitals across the state have done a great job of sort of building up capacity and getting ready to address whatever...
gop sen blasts who leadership it s politicized by chinese money
comes our way that's right and I know that in the Senate there's already some talk about another phase some of the points from the Democrats nixed relief bill would be a quarter of a trillion dollars in assistance to small businesses one hundred billion dollars for hospitals community health centers and health systems 150 billion dollars for state and local governments and a 15 percent increase to the minimum snap benefit among other things and one interesting thing that Senator Chuck Schumer suggested senator is for up to $25,000 hero pay essentially for the people on the frontlines whether they are nurses or truckers or grocery store clerks somehow the government compensating them for essentially putting their lives at risk every day when they go to work what do you think of that idea well the way I think we should approaches is we can did to bifurcate this into two pieces the first is sort of what do we need to do to build on what we've already passed so for example the Small Business Fund despite some early glitches is already at sixty six billion dollars I've already been committed so it's moving very quickly there's tremendous demand so that's why there's gonna be an effort tomorrow to try to come in and add some funds to that so building on what we've done adding to what we've already done in past a second is a recovery bill there's a relief and then there's recovery and I think for recovery some of them are deeper more...
gop sen blasts who leadership it s politicized by chinese money
systemic reforms we want to see things like our support paint duster capacity in the country on industries that are essential and then maybe some of the things that you've mentioned looked at I these people that are out there every day that are delivering goods we've had a run on paper towels not just tore the paper paper towels and so those truckers that are making those long hauls overnight to get not just paper towels but food and things like that into our grocery stores not to mention our doctor the nurses are doing a phenomenal job on the front line I'm all for doing positive things to help them after this very difficult circumstance I think that of course is going to require a little bit more thought and maybe being able to bring Congress together to work through it so I'm not saying no to any of these things I'm just saying that those things are new and will require some more thought and it's hard to do that right now because we're not in session we don't know when we will be yeah senator the president is slamming the World Health Organization I'm sure you know that then he says they've been routinely wrong he said they were strongly against the travel ban back in January they're saying he says that everything is positive toward China they're not giving us the right information and that the u.s. is the primary funder of that organization we give the most

money

but yet we don't get the most help he says so he's...
gop sen blasts who leadership it s politicized by chinese money
talking about cutting funding Lindsey Graham says he's definitely going to do that what do you say well couple things on the World Health Organization let's remember that on the front lines they have people all over the world they're doing a phenomenal job in terms of epidemiologists they're doing research and so forth our problems with a

leadership

because the World Health Organization serves an important purpose on it has been

politicized

China has undertaken an effort over the last 15 years to sort of infiltrate and and exert influence over international organizations at the UN and of course the World Health Organization now what you saw early on in this pandemic as they went to China and came out saying there china is doing a great job everything they're saying is true and then condemning like not just the US but also condemning any country that considered bans on travel from or to China and there's evidence of political but it's been

politicized

that the World Health Organization at its

leadership

level was

politicized

by

Chinese

influence and

Chinese

money

and that's unfortunate because that organization should not be political and should not make me making public health pronouncements under duress brought from any country in the world it should be making those pronouncements on the basis of medical science and so I have deep concerns about it and that's why you know I hope that at a minimum we can get the leader of that organization...
to resign because he's definitely been

politicized

senator every time I get shot every sentence over the last few weeks with unprecedented one of which was the 2.2 trillion dollar plan to keep people in their jobs and businesses that aren't working funded so part of the plan that you helped put together on small business in some cases is not functioning yet number one is when these people come in if they can't get retain their workforce at 75% they won't be eligible to make that loan a grant and if their people don't come back it's out of there it's out of their control and number two is when you're done paying for your payroll you don't have enough

money

to pay for your lease and your rent so would you be revisiting some of that for these higher priced cities like Los Angeles in New York and maybe even Miami yeah potentially but not right now what we need to do is more funds just to be able to get them out the door because there's been a very strong demand for it look a couple points to make number one yes I think I fully understand that people out there are desperate and want this to work so do I I also think we have to have some perspective this is a plan that was passed two weeks ago this Friday at him in two weeks yeah it was implemented six days later there was until Friday of this week there wasn't a bank in America that made a PPP loan and there wasn't they in the SBA had never made one sysm rush out in six days because...
we are in an emergency when you have an emergency situation it's chaotic I know that from living through multiple hurricanes you're managing the chaos at the same time as you're trying to get rid of the glitches that appear and everyday this program has gotten better there are still some substantial obstacles in the way that need to be fixed this can't be the way the program works long-term as far as the payroll is concerned the point of the program that's why it's called the Paycheck Protection Act is to get

money

into the hands of small business so they can continue to pay their employees even if the business is not opening and running and there is a portion of it that they can spend on rent but we wanted the bulk of that

money

to be to make payroll so we can keep people off the unemployment lines and keep them from disconnecting from their employer the government can't replace all the revenue of these businesses and we never claimed it would but we do think helping keep some employees on payroll is a big assistance and you can't spend a percentage of it now if you can't hire all the people back or whatever there are elements of this at the back end a year from now where you can show that I couldn't hire my people back because they had left or because of some other impediment and and you can have that mitigated and forgiven but but right now that the goal is to keep people employed and put

money

in the hands of workers that was always...
the goal that was agreed to and a bipartisan basis it's not perfect it certainly doesn't deal with every issue but it deals with a big one sure senator Rubio before you go you know we've all been locked down for a couple of weeks now we try to save the day of the week as often as we can because all the days are kind of blending into each other we saw the news this morning that apparently your colleague Rand Paul is he's fully recovered from kovin and now he is volunteering at his local hospital because he is a doctor just out of curiosity in your case what is a sitting member of the US Senate do during a lockdown what's your day like well up first of all let me take theoretically both Rand Paul and my friend Mario diaz-balart a congressman here who was also infected theoretically anyways the assumption is that they have some immunity that because they've acquired the virus so that's I don't want to go through what they've gone through especially Mario but so that's a benefit for them and it's something we should think about in terms of that new test that's coming on board to show that people have sufficient anti bought antibodies that to be but our basic day starts early with some media hits and then I spend all day probably 8 to 10 hours a day either doing a series of conference calls or webinars with different groups in Florida across the country yesterday I talked to the Florida bankers the National Bankers Association and...
then a lot of phone calls with folks in the administration I'll be speaking to the FDIC today about the program secretary minutiae has been phenomenal and accessible and very responsive so really the focus of my day has been largely on the program and getting it to work identifying the impediments and trying to do as much as we can here from home using the phone using this computer and then communicating to the public as well so that that's been the gist of our existence here since we got back from from DC and there's a lot of work to be done and then trying to stay safe you know trying to model the behavior that we're asking others to follow whether it's wearing a mask in public I don't look good in a mask but I have one here that we made and so I've been using that and and oral and also you know staying at home as much as possible and working from here as much as possible so I've been quite busy actually but I think we all like to see life get back to normal as soon as possible but we got to get through this we would we would thank you so much senator