Cuomo bashes McConnell for suggesting hard-hit states declare bankruptcy instead of asking for bailouts

Governors of both parties "would love to have free money," McConnell said.

April 23, 2020, 4:15 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for suggesting states hard-hit financially by the pandemic declare bankruptcy instead of looking for help from Congress.

At his daily press conference in Albany, a visibly-irritated Cuomo called McConnell's proposal "one of the really dumb ideas of all time."

Displaying a slide of McConnell's face and remarks, Cuomo argued that if states like New York, California and Illinois declare bankruptcy, "You will see a collapse of this national economy -- so just dumb."

PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 21, 2020.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 21, 2020.
Tom Brenner/Reuters, FILE

McConnell said Wednesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show that he saw "no good reason" for states not to declare bankruptcy and that Senate Republicans would not support a federal bailout of states that desperately need assistance.

ABC’s Andrew Dymburt reports for ABC News Radio:

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