Feb 13, 2019

NYC congresswoman: It's important to hold Amazon accountable on HQ2

Rep. Yvette Clarke. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

The tax breaks extended to Amazon for its New York office expansion will be an economic "multiplier" but the company must be held accountable for bringing that to bear, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) said Wednesday at an Axios event.

Why it matters: The deal has drawn intense criticism from New York policymakers who say the billions in tax breaks Amazon will get to come to a Queens community aren't warranted.


  • Clarke said it was her "understanding" that the tax breaks "will have a multiplier effect that will bring even more into the economy."
  • β€œThe challenge has been how we make it so," he said.
  • She said that fears of displacement among New Yorkers were founded in some instances and it was important that companies who reach deals with the city were held accountable for their promises.

What to watch: Amazon doesn't need City Council approval for its deal in New York, but lawmakers there can still keep the pressure on.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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