tv Gov. Cuomo Remarks at NGA Summer Meeting CSPAN July 16, 2021 7:01am-7:18am EDT
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at the national chair cuomo thanked including response to iccovid pandemic. this is about 15 minutes. >> we at the national governor's association want to thank governors and other leaders who stepped up during difficult times. it has been a historic time. please join me in watching your video honoring governor cuomo. >> i'm very excited to be having the opportunity to pass gavel onto you and i'm looking forward to the leadership. it's been great looking working with you next year.
>> this year was challenging. i'm honored to be standing beside all of you as we lead this nation forward. ♪ ♪ >> in all of history, there had never been anything like it all across america from new york to ohio, to california, to arkansas. states were beseemed by a new deadly enemy. people were dying, hospitals were overrun, businesses closed. million of americans lost their jobs and states faced budget deficits that were unimaginable inge press years, covid-19 chand everything for america's governors and our country. the national governor's association was there and ready. a challenge no other governors
have ever faced before. most of all, we are committed to achieving progress and that's the essence of our role as governors. >> despite an enemy powerful enough to bring death and destruction, our governors led by chairman andrew cuomo and vice chairman aisah hutchison. first the governments were instrumental in critically getting ppe allocated in early days of the pandemic. they guarantied life-saving ppe where it was needed and when it
was needed. $500 billion in flexible support that wept directly to the states fulfilling the nga's number 1 priority. this unprecedented and historic relief allowed states to fill the budget gaps caused by the pandemic. it helped to keep unemployed workers in their homes with food for their family and it enabled states to remain fiscally solent and has first responders working and saving lives. states are printing forward towardrw recovery putting aside political differences, governors ofon work sides worked with two administration so americans can mecreate life-saving vaccines in record time and showing the rest of the world that hundreds of millions of vaccines could be administered quickly,
efficiently and effectively, now america states are coming back. businesses have reopened and we have vaccines that are safe, effective and easy to get, with nearly 70% of americans now having at least one vaccination, infections are way down and so are deaths. we have come back and together we can be better than before. but despite what we have accomplished, there's so much to do and so much to get done. we need to get more americans vaccinated especially in underserved communities and among those who are vaccine hesitant. we must continue to work to make
sure economic continues to drive and we must guaranty social and economic equality for all americans. we need to address america's crumbling infrastructure so we can compete in the global economy and perhaps most of all, we need to overcome the friction and conflicts among ourselves. we must bring people of all races together, bring states of all regions together and as difficult as it might seem, we must bring our o leader in washington together. our governors have shown it can be done and they have proven that when it is done, the results work for all of us and cuomo said this as chairman as nda and as governor cuomo passes on the chairmanship to governor hutchison, he knows that every right for every american.
ladies and gentlemen, please welcome governor andrew cuomo. >> i formally called the national meeting of the associations to order. looking at the video brings back memories. many of them painful. i want to thank the nga team for just a phenomenal job. nobody could have imagined what the nga will be called to do and they did it and bill and his entire team. governor hutchison thank you for the collegiately and thank you for the partnership and i want to thank governor hogan, he's not with us right now. governor hogan was the chairman i was the vice chairman and he started with the beginning of covid with the proceeded administration and governor hogan did a magnificent job, he really did and in many ways i followed his lead. and i want to congratulation
phil morphias being -- murphy as being my neighbor. charlie baker and everyone else. this is a transformational moment for the world. i don't think we go back to where we were. i think we have changed and we went throughle trauma and challenges to make sure that we are better for the trauma and transformational for governors to be sure. when i would go into schools, the students would always ask, what does the governor do, they knew what the mayor did, the
mayor does police, the mayor does sanitation, they know what a president does, but what does a governor do. governors were somewhere in the middle there and that would be a question from students. no students asked that question anymore. people know what governors do and how important governors are. the circumstances brought the governor to the forefront of this nation for better or worse and these were difficult times. i mean, those early days were ho horrendous, no information, different information, no equipment, begging people for ppe, trying to work together to get planes to go to china to pick up ppe. i mean, it was just incredible. it was incredible.
and it was remarkable how unaware and unprepared the nation was going through the tests and trying to find the tests and competing for tests and setting it up and all the decisions we had to make were difficult decisions and as elected officials as people participate in the political process, these were hard decisions because they were all controversial. they were also consequential because they were probably the most consequential decisions that governors had made in generations. they wereld literally of life ad death. you make the wrong decision, people can die but at the same time that's why we are -- that's why we are here, right, we all ran for these positions because we wanted to make a difference. i don't know that we appreciated how much of a difference we would wind up making, but governors have a new
credibility, that is fact and i'm proud to say that, i think, we used it well. the governor's input led to an agenda for this nation and legislation for this nation that mainly followed our advocacy, our voice in washington was louder than ever before. i think it was informed, i think it was strong but no doubt it was powerful. you look at all of the legislation we got passed, the cares act, the funding, not just the funding but the discretion and how the legislation was written. i believe we maximized the moment as governors and we maximize it by being unified.k we talk about bipartisan efforts and we are a bipartisan group. we work together. it's partially the function of our position. you have to get things done. we don't have the luxury of going outut and arguing an
abstract and arguing an ideal and blaming anyone else. as governor, there's nobody to blame. you can lament all you want about legislators and politics, but the buck stops on our desk and we get that, but it's not that bipartisan means the lowest common denominator, that's not what we did. we spoke truth to power. governor hogan spoke truth to power.ru he spoke the truth to his own party even when it was hard. and i noticed that and i respected it. and i tried my best to do the same thing. i raised the necessary issues even when they were thorny and even when they were unpleasant and even when they caused
discomfort. bipartisan doesn't mean avoiding reality, it doesn't mean compromise so there isn't confrontation. sometimes confrontation needs to happen to move forward. i feel confident to say that we did the best work under the circumstances. the circumstances were impossible, but we did the best that we could do and i'm proud of the effort that we -- we willed together and i believe we saved lives and i believe we brought this nation through this crisis in the best way that we could. two specifics to leave you with, one this will happen again, it may not happen during our ten your, it may not be a delta
variant, it may not be covid but there will be a pandemic, we had ebola, we had zika, we had sars and we had dengue and then we had covid. but let's make sure that when we leave our state, we leave it better prepared for a pandemic and better public health emergency response than we found it. yes, the federal government should be doing this and the federal government should have stockpiles and have an early alert system and work with the world health organization to come up with a system but we also learned that when -- when it gets tough, they look to the state and make sure that we leave our states better prepared so this never happens again and the second point is,let fight
for this infrastructure bill, let's get the best infrastructure bill that we can, but let's get the bill done. and when that funding comes, let's make the projects happen and let's show the american people the extension of how effective state governments can be and get that infrastructure funding and get it in the gowned and build projects and show accomplishment and show the future post-covid and show that government can work and it can work well. and a project cannot come in on time and it can be done well, the government performance is not on oxymoron. in closing, i thank you, i thank all of you. i thank you for all the conversations. i thank you for sharing all of the stories, i thank you for the emotion, i thank you for the support. these were hard days for us to
go through and i found a lot of support in my colleague governors who in essence were in the same unique position, very few people were going through what we went through and we went through it together and speaking for myself, it was a tremendous personal benefit. governors have a new credibility, governors have a newt status, let us use it well and let us use it to do well. thank you all very much. >> remarks from arkansas governor asa hutchison, here he is discussing the economic recovery and policy decisions for upcoming year. >> thank you very much, welcome back, everyone. our first order of business is to move the resolution to elect the o