‘We have to be better than that’: Gov. Edwards reacts to outcome of veto override session, rise in COVID cases

Gov. Edwards held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the outcome of the veto override session and address the spike in COVID-19 cases in Louisiana.

Edwards began his conference by expressing his feelings on the outcome, saying, “No Governor ever wants to have a veto overridden… because the vetoes that I issued, I believe, and believe today, were in the state’s best interests.”

Edwards also said that the legislators that supported the veto override session are “still Louisianians” and he will continue to work alongside them without issue as long as he remains Governor.

“You don’t put people first if you pursue bills to prohibit that which isn’t happening,” Edwards said. “The author of the bill, not a single proponent of the bill, could point to a single instance in the history of the state of Louisiana where the alleged ‘unfair competitive advantage’ was conferred upon someone that they were trying to prevent.”

“If on the one hand the bill is totally unnecessary, and on another it’s harmful, then that also makes it mean…because it is directed at the most emotionally fragile children in the state of Louisiana who aren’t even trying to do that which the law would prohibit them from doing. We have to be better than that,” he added.

He then discussed the surge in COVID-19 cases across Louisiana, highlighting the fact that Wednesday, Louisiana had its third-highest number of cases in one day since the beginning of the pandemic with 5,388 cases.

Edwards said COVID-19 is the number one issue in Louisiana right now and will be treated as such.

“We have to do better,” Edwards said.

Edwards announced that he will be holding another press conference Friday to address dealing with COVID-19 moving forward.

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