On Friday, Senator Thom Tillis — “one of the most politically vulnerable” Republicans — said that he supports Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to refuse aid to state and local governments and instead force them to go “the bankruptcy route,” even as states including North Carolina “are facing some level of fiscal hardship,” according to the Daily Beast.
Speaking on a tele-town hall, Tillis said, “I don’t believe that I can support any measure that’s effectively a bailout for poorly-run state and local governments… I’m more or less aligned with Leader McConnell on the issue.”
Tillis’ comments come as North Carolina is “staring down a multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall,” according to the state’s top Republican, and as individual state agencies already face significant gaps, delaying road work and other projects.
As the report outlined, there are 21 million reasons why Tillis is backing McConnell — “In March, a super PAC aligned with McConnell set aside more money for TV ads to defend Tillis—$21.8 million—than any other battleground senator.”
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Daily Beast: Tillis Backs McConnell to Halt Funds to Needy States, Even as NC Struggles
By Sam Brodey
April 24, 2020
- When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) moved to draw the line on sending further coronavirus aid for hard-hit state and local governments on Wednesday, it caused a backlash among Democrats and even some Republicans.
- But on Friday, one of the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell’s Senate GOP backed the leader. In a tele-town hall with constituents Friday morning, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) was asked by a constituent if the Senate would be voting to “bail out poorly-run states that were near-bankrupt” before COVID-19 hit.
- …Tillis declared, “I don’t believe that I can support any measure that’s effectively a bailout for poorly-run state and local governments.”
- “I’m more or less aligned with Leader McConnell on the issue,” said Tillis.