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GOP Senators Ask Trump to Reject Blank Check State Bailouts

A group of Republican senators urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to oppose any stimulus measure that would provide unrestricted funds that state governments could use for purposes other than the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter dated April 30, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) asked the president to reject efforts to add funds for states unrelated to the nations battle against the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, we are hearing reports that some states and localities are advocating that a potential future Coronavirus response measure be used as a piggybank for unrelated expenses that have nothing to do with responding to the Coronavirus,” the letter (pdf) states. “We believe additional money sent to the states for “lost revenue” or without appropriate safeguards will be used to bail out unfunded pensions, reward decades of state mismanagement, and incentivize states to become more reliant on federal taxpayers. ”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently suggested that the next coronavirus stimulus package should include up to $1 trillion in funds for states and local governments. Senate Majority Leader has repeatedly rejected the idea, saying that “were not interested in borrowing money from future generations to send down to states to help them with bad decisions they made in the past unrelated to the coronavirus epidemic.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Donald Trump listen during a signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 27, 2020. (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

The Republican senators pointed out that states like New York are calling for billions in aid for programs unrelated to the CCP virus pandemic. New York has one of the lowest rainy-day funds in the nation and carries a $450 billion unfunded pension burden, according to the letter.

“Other states are in even worse shape. Illinois has already requested a $40 billiRead More From Source