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Tue May 12, 2020, 08:35 AM

G.O.P. Split Over State Aid That Could Mostly Go to Democratic Strongholds

With governors and mayors pressing for more federal help to deal with the effects of the pandemic, a divide among Republicans is being driven by the political bent of the states that stand to benefit.

When Senator Mitt Romney of Utah strode into a luncheon with fellow Republicans last week, he was carrying an oversize poster in his black-gloved hand that bore a blunt message: “Blue states aren’t the only ones who are screwed.”

Two days later, Senator Rick Scott of Florida made the opposite point, arriving at another party gathering with his own placard that showed how rosy his state’s financial picture was compared with those of three Democratic states: New York, Illinois and California. Why should Congress help struggling states and cities, he argued, when the bulk of the aid would go to Democratic strongholds that he said had a history of fiscal mismanagement?

The two Republican senators — both former governors — illustrate the contentious debate within their party that is shaping the next sweeping package of federal coronavirus relief. With many states and cities experiencing devastating fiscal crises amid the pandemic, Democrats in Congress have joined governors and mayors in pressing for a huge infusion of money for troubled states, cities and towns.

On Monday, the Democratic governors of five western states — California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Washington State — said that all 50 states would need $1 trillion in “direct and flexible relief.”


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Zorro May 2020 OP
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Tue May 12, 2020, 01:06 PM

1. Dear GOP. Any economic recovery for our nation will be spearheaded by the Blue States.

If Blue States fail, Red States fail as well.

How about if we help all States, and save The United States of America?

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