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New York City mayor calls on the federal government to “save” his city

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on the federal government to “save” his city as coronavirus continues to spread.

He said the city, and others across the country, need to be able to do the basics before the economy will be able to successfully restart.

“There has to be a really clear understanding – if we can’t provide the basics for our people, then you can kiss your recovery goodbye,” de Blasio said at a press conference today.

He said he supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s proposed bill for the next round of emergency funding. It includes $150 billion for state and local governments, $100 billion for hospitals and community health centers and more money for food stamp programs and small businesses.

“I would ask the President and Leader [Mitch] McConnell in particular, in the Senate, to remember the first thing you should be thinking about is the human cost,” de Blasio said. “That should be the moral question. That should be the straightforward question.”