NY GOP Rep. Slams “Shameful” McConnell Over Bankruptcy Plan
New York, which that became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, is overwhelmingly represented by Democrats. That doesn’t mean, however, that the large state doesn’t also have Republican representatives. Peter King, who represents New York’s 2nd District, is one of those Republicans.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mitch McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he would be fine with letting states (New York included) go bankrupt. King, who will be retiring from congress following this current term, said that the Senate Majority Leader’s plan was “shameful.”
McConnell told Hewitt, “I would certainly be in favor of allowing states to use the bankruptcy route. It saves some cities. And there’s no good reason for it not to be available. My guess is their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it down to them now so they don’t have to do that. That’s not something I’m going to be in favor of.”
King took to Twitter to blast McConnell, writing, “McConnell’s dismissive remark that States devastated by Coronavirus should go bankrupt rather than get the federal assistance they need and deserve is shameful and indefensible.”
The New York lawmaker continued, “To say that it is ‘free money’ to provide funds for cops, firefighters and healthcare workers makes McConnell the Marie Antoinette of the Senate.”
McConnell was also slammed by the New York Governor. Andrew Cuomo told CNN, “[McConnell] says this is a bailout to the blue states, which is a really offensive statement. You talk about one issue where you think you can get past partisanship and pettiness and now you talk about helping communities where people are dying, and you say they are blue states? No.”