New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) dueled with his fellow Republicans on Wednesday, accusing them of “communism” as they turned down his demand to approve $27 million in federal funding related to Covid-19.
The raucous debate took place at a meeting of the state Executive Council, which holds the power to veto contracts sought by the governor valued at more than $10,000. Sununu was seeking to approve two federal contracts worth $27 million in funding related to Covid-19. The money would have been used for tasks including vaccine outreach and data entry for the state’s immunization system.
Republicans expressed reservations about signing off on the contracts, citing President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring businesses to force their employees to be vaccinated.