Cuomo praises Kentucky governor for standing up to McConnell on bankruptcy for states

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup New York may be undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: AP Cuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars MORE (D) praised Kentucky Gov. Andrew Beshear (D) on Monday for pushing back against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell warns control of Senate 'could go either way' in November On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE’s (R-Ky.) call for states to be given the option to file for bankruptcy.

“Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stood up, said to his senior senator in the state, Mitch McConnell, that Mitch McConnell was wrong on saying that he wouldn’t provide funding to state and local governments, and wrong in saying states should go bankrupt,” Cuomo said in his daily press briefing.

“It’s hard for a governor, especially Andy, who is a relatively new governor, to stand up to a senior official and speak truth to power,” Cuomo said. “It takes guts, it takes courage. And you don’t get that from a typical politician. So it warms my heart to see an elected official who is not a typical politician. Thank you, governor.”


McConnell said in an interview last week with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that he "would certainly be in favor of allowing states to use the bankruptcy route."

"It saves some cities. And there’s no good reason for it not to be available. My guess is their first choice would be for the federal government to borrow money from future generations to send it down to them now so they don’t have to do that. That’s not something I’m going to be in favor of," the Kentucky senator added.

Beshear said Saturday on CNN that he "strongly" disagreed with McConnell's comments "as does every other governor in the country, regardless of party."

"I hope those comments were off the cuff," Beshear added. "I hope they were in reference to something else because bankruptcy for a state would be disastrous."

Cuomo has been sharply critical of McConnell’s remarks and his resistance to including state and local funding in federal coronavirus relief packages, calling the bankruptcy suggestion “a really dumb idea” Friday.

"The suggestion was made, states should declare bankruptcy. ... You want to send a signal to the markets that this nation is in real trouble? You want to send an international message that the economy is in turmoil? Do that … I dare you to do that," Cuomo said.