Gov. Stitt: Oklahoma Doesn't Need Another Stimulus Package

Aug 6, 2020

Congress is currently hashing out a second coronavirus relief package and President Donald Trump said that if the fight drags on, he’s considering bypassing Congress to authorize support programs through executive order.

But, during a coronavirus update on Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt said he believes Oklahoma doesn't need one.

"I don’t think we need another stimulus package, no," Stitt said. "We’ve told our federal delegation, we’ve told the White House that."

Congress passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act in March. It contained more than $2 trillion in spending, about $1 billion of it going to Oklahoma.

The governor has made several announcements about programs that funding supported in recent weeks. Most recently, a $250 million support program for Oklahoma’s cities and towns, announced Thursday. But there are still millions of dollars to be designated.

"We have not even got our $1.2 billion that we've been allocated so far in Oklahoma — we haven’t got it out," Stitt said. "Our message back to the White House was before we go to the well and do another $2 trillion bailout, let’s make sure and get these monies out the door first."

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