Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cuomo Responds to McConnell

In his COVID-19 briefing today, Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to Senator Mitch McConnell's suggestion that, instead of seeking federal money, states should declare bankruptcy. Cuomo also addressed McConnell's allegation that such funding would be a "blue state bailout," because the states most impacted by the coronavirus are Democratic states. 

Cuomo called the notion of a blue state bailout vicious and ugly, declaring, "If there was ever a time for you to put aside pettiness and political partisanship . . . if there was ever a time for humanity and decency, now is the time." The video of the briefing can be viewed here. Cuomo's comments addressing McConnell begin at 24:09.

Later on in the briefing [at 30:55], Cuomo noted that McConnell represents Kentucky. Cuomo then explained that New York State "puts much more money into the federal pot than it takes out"--the amount more being $116 billion--whereas Kentucky takes out $148 billion more than it puts in. Cuomo concluded by asking rhetorically: "Senator McConnell, who's getting bailed out here?"

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