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Biden meets with New Mexico governor, others to discuss Covid relief & vaccines

WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden met with a bipartisan group of governors and mayors, including New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, at the White House on Friday as part of his push to give financial relief from the coronavirus pandemic to state and local governments.

As part of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, Biden wants to send $350 billion to state, local and tribal governments. While Republicans in Congress have objected to this initiative, Biden’s push has some GOP support among governors and mayors.

“You folks are all on the front lines and dealing with the crisis since day one,” Biden said at the start of the Oval Office meeting. “They’ve been working on their own in many cases.”

Lujan Grisham's office said the New Mexico Democrat not only advocated for more federal funds, but also for continued increases in vaccine shipments.

"President Biden made it very clear to me directly: His government wants New Mexico to succeed in our struggle against Covid-19 and he and his administration are fighting in Congress to get New Mexicans every resource we need as part of our ongoing economic recovery after this year of crisis," Lujan Grisham said in a statement following the meeting.

She has said the state is pushing for federal approval for mobile clinics that would be capable of administering the vaccine in more remote and underserved parts of the sprawling state. The governor and health officials hope the novel effort can serve as a model for other states to expand distribution beyond population centers and large clinics.

Also attending Friday's meeting with Biden were Republican Govs. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Larry Hogan of Maryland, along with New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The mayors of Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and Arlington, Texas, were at the meeting too.

The trip marked Lujan Grisham's first out of her state since the pandemic began, and it came just days after the state ended its quarantine requirements for visitors and residents returning to New Mexico.

She was scheduled to return to New Mexico late Friday night.

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    1. How is he destroying a state’s economy? Trump did that already by failing to come up with a way to combat the virus. I think what you meant to say was, “now we have a President who is finally doing something to see that the economy recovers”.

      1. Even with the communist lockdowns, we still finished the year with a strong economy under Trump. Another democrat hoax failure. In 3 weeks, Biden has eliminated millions of jobs, caused gas prices to begin to skyrocket causing transportation costs to escalate in a time when delivery options is at high demand. Next to follow will be higher costs of food and products sending us into a deep recession. We’ve gone back 50byears in 3 weeks. Bidens America last agenda.

        1. And just wait until the mib. Wage kicks in. You think everything is expensive now?
          The left is too short sighted to see past the end of their nose. For every action theres a reaction. Wages go up then prices go up. Not to mention the lost jobs, lost homes and everything else

          1. Nit just prices increases but the minimum wage increase will also lead to more unemployment as businesses move to mechanized systems. We’re already seeing self check out options increasing and less person to person exchanges including kiosks to order item from.

      2. Im talking about the oil industry moron. And by the way you didnt answer me on how you could have handled the pandemic differently. Lets face it your unfounded hatred for trump has made you stupid. This nation was at its strongest ever under trump before the virus hit. Trump tried to stop it at our borders but the left as usual cried racism. Im willing to listen to any honest factual argument for or against trump. But you dont have that, all you have is hate and lies

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