On Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s was slammed by various governors of the nation for suggesting that state and local governments should pursue bankruptcy rather than ask for more federal assistance. The proposed solution was labeled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, “one of the really dumb ideas of all time.”
From the East coast to the West, governors are facing massive budget crunches said they were astounded by the Republican Senator’s assertion that Congress shouldn’t provide aid to cities and states in the next stimulus.
“You want to see the market fall through the cellar?” Cuomo asked during a press briefing in the New York State Capitol on Thursday. “Let New York State declare bankruptcy. Let Michigan declare bankruptcy. Let Illinois declare bankruptcy. Let California declare bankruptcy. You will see a collapse of this national economy.”
McConnell drew Cuomo’s ire by telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that state and local governments should “use the bankruptcy route” instead of receiving aid from the federal government that Democrats had unsuccessfully sought in recent negotiations.
The Senator’s office also issued a statement referring to local government assistance as “blue state bailouts” — even though governors of both Republican and Democratic parties have lobbied for the funding, and the Trump White House had remained open to the idea of a potential bailout.
Even some Republicans had fiery retorts to McConnell‘s indifference to the growing fiscal crisis in states and cities, where massive layoffs and huge cuts to public services are on the table.
“That’s complete nonsense,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said during an interview, “These are well-run states. There are just as many Republicans as Democrats that strongly support this.”
Representative Pete King tweeted that he thought the remarks were “shameful and indefensible” and called McConnell the “Marie Antoinette of the Senate.” King is retiring from the House after his current term expires.