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Yarmuth Statement on Sen. McConnell's Remarks Urging State and Local Governments to Go Bankrupt

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), issued the statement below regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s recent remarks making clear that he’d rather state and local governments go bankrupt than provide them with federal aid:

“The greatest internal crisis our country has ever known was a war between the states. Now, it seems, Senator McConnell intends to rival that with a war against the states. The deeply cynical suggestion that we let states go bankrupt is hardly an assault on blue states alone, as McConnell would have us believe. Make no mistake, this is an attack on Kentucky and Kentuckians by our own senior senator.

“Bankruptcy would have devastating consequences on the very people we’ve asked to fight on the front lines of this crisis — police, firefighters, public health workers. And it doesn’t stop there. Every Kentuckian would quickly notice that local governments would not have funds to police the streets, pick up garbage, or respond to emergencies. Pensions would be slashed, if not eliminated for government employees, including public school teachers. Pensions they depend on, pensions they’ve earned.

“I suppose after three years of spending so much time with Donald Trump, bankruptcy may seem like a viable business strategy. But Kentucky isn’t a grown trust fund baby with a billion-dollar inheritance. Kentuckians’ lives and livelihoods are on the line, and our Commonwealth deserves a senator who gives a damn about them.”

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