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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Pascrell slams McConnell over opposition to ‘blue state bailout’

By Nikita Biryukov, April 22 2020 5:07 pm

Rep. Bill Pascrell slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the senator’s preference that states facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis go bankrupt over a “blue state bailout.”

“These wretched remarks by Mitch McConnell are a smack right into the face of every American,” Pascrell said. “Our states are being bled bone-dry to weather this storm. Lives will be wrecked for years, if not decades, unless the government steps in and supports every state, and McConnell is vowing to block that support out of vicious, partisan spite.”

New Jersey receives only 79 cents for dollar its residents pay in federal taxes, the lowest return rate of every state in the nation, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in January.

By contrast, McConnell’s home state receives almost $2 for every dollar its residents send to the federal government.

Put another way, New Jersey is subsidizing Kentucky.

“Throughout his time in office, Donald Trump has all but shouted that he does not wish to represent people who did not vote for him,” Pascrell said. “These comments by another Republican leader are an affirmation of that nihilism. Democracy cannot survive a raging pandemic if one political party is at open war with the citizens they are supposed to represent.”

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