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'We're tired of the partisan politics that are playing on providing a stimulus bill': National League of Cities President

National League of Cities President Joe Buscaino joins Yahoo Finance's Kristin Myers to break down his thoughts on the election results, as stimulus negotiations loom.

Video Transcript

KRISTIN MYERS: But let's do a quick update of where we are right now in the 2020 presidential election. We do have some news right now out of Pennsylvania. The Secretary of State there saying that they will have a majority of the ballots counted by today.

Remember, Pennsylvania is one of the states that the Trump campaign says they will be suing over the ballots there. Right now, looking at that state per the Yahoo Election Center, which is pulling in data right now from the Associated Press. Very thin margins there.

President Donald Trump still holds a lead right now in that state, 50.3% right now, to former Vice President Joe Biden's 48.5%. This is a margin that we have seen shrink over the last couple of days as those ballots have been counted.

And as I mentioned, the Trump campaign targeting Pennsylvania, which, of the remaining states, is the largest amount of Electoral College votes. It's 20 in the state of Pennsylvania. Targeting that state for some of their ballots, saying they do not want ballots that were sent in after the election date to be counted.

Well, let's react right now a little bit more to the latest election results with Joe Buscaino. He's the president pro-tem of the Los Angeles City Council and president of the National League of Cities. Joe, thank you so much for joining us today. You know, this has been an election that I think most of us think of an election state by state by state.

And we've really seen here just how involved cities, local municipalities are in any kind of election. We've seen, for example, in Arizona, as the vote count there, Maricopa County, for example, some of the cities there really playing a big role in the election and how a whole state can swing. So I'm wondering, given your perspective, what your take is on all of the confusion and all of the uncertainty that we have been seeing in this election, particularly with these lawsuits looming.

JOE BUSCAINO: Well, at all levels of government, we found that Americans trust their local leaders most. And our message as local leaders across this country, on behalf of the National League of Cities, is that we're not here to speculate. We're not election officials. We're telling our constituents to trust the integrity of the process. We want everyone to remain calm. Seek trusted sources.

And as these votes are being counted, local leaders do what they do best. And that is, serve their constituents. Cities are not at a standstill while these elections-- while these votes are being counted. We're still operating. Local leaders, we're seeking bipartisanship support at all levels.

But this is a proud moment, on behalf of all constituents in representing local cities across the country, that democracy is at its finest. We have seen the largest number of people voting in American history. This is incredible.

KRISTIN MYERS: Now, Joe, for a very long time, when we still had stimulus negotiations going on, there was a desire for aid specifically to go to the states around the elections. Not just aid to the Postal Service, but also to states and local municipalities in order to be able to handle what we were all anticipating was going to be record turnout.

I'm wondering if you think that states and cities were well prepared or if they were able to do the best even in these trying times where they're going through a pandemic. Their budgets are squeezed. Their coffers are dry. Want to know your thoughts on how they were able to handle this election.

JOE BUSCAINO: Well, clearly, we want democracy to work for all of us. And every voter must have a voice to be heard and their vote to be counted. I can speak on behalf of Los Angeles and LA County. We have seen an unprecedented amount of turnout. You know, as the National League of Cities we're always advocating for federal resources at the state and also at the local level.

You know, to be able to have accessibility in all corners of the country was important for local leaders. I mean, from Mobile, Alabama to Lexington, South Carolina to Tacoma, Washington, we heard loud and clear that thank god for our volunteers and paid pollsters that they were able to get in there and become available for voters and accessibility at its finest.

We did hear some of the-- some power outages on the southern eastern portion of the country. But they rebounded quickly and were able to open the polls quickly. And but at the same time, again, knowing that this was a critical moment in our American history to have the number of people who voted was incredible. And the accessibility was something that we were very-- we were banking on.

At the same time, as we do, representing 19,000 cities, towns, and villages, we were continuing to demand the federal government to deliver for cities across the country, regardless of population size. And this is something that we continue to demand. We're hopeful that, you know, past this election, Congress gets back to work and passes a relief bill for cities, towns, and villages across the country.

KRISTIN MYERS: Joe, before I let you go, I do want to ask you now about stimulus. Stimulus negotiations essentially have gone nowhere. And a lot of mayors and other city officials have come on this show and told us about how badly stimulus is needed inside their cities and their towns. I'm wondering what your hope is and how optimistic you are for stimulus negotiations going forward, given the results that we've at least seen so far from this election.

JOE BUSCAINO: Well, cities are essential. Cities matter. And we have, along with our advocacy group on the Hill, have been lobbying Congress to pass a bill to provide direct funding to American cities across the country. Even in the midst of a pandemic, there's-- we left more than the 200,000 souls who have died hundreds of millions of cases.

But at the same time, cities need to make sure that our residents remain in their homes, that, you know, we provide food for individuals, for our constituents. And this is what we do. We are elected to lead. And we're tired of the partisan politics that are playing on providing stimulus bill. And this is something that we have been advocating. Cities matter, as I mentioned.

KRISTIN MYERS: All right, well, we will have to leave that there. Joe Buscaino, president pro-tem of the LA City Council and president of the National League of Cities, thanks so much for joining us today.

JOE BUSCAINO: Thanks so much for having me.